When legendary gospel titans The Blind Boys of Alabama perform, it’s a roof-raising musical event. Their soaring voices and powerful energy have been thrilling crowds around the world for seven decades. They’re stronger than ever, and this five-time Grammy Award winners can be counted on for a truly uplifting experience. With multiple Grammy Awards for traditional gospel recording and the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the band first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s and original member Jimmy Carter still performs with the group today. Touring throughout the South during the Jim Crow era of the 1940s and 1950s, the Blind Boys flourished thanks to their unique sound, which blended the close harmonies of early jubilee gospel with the more fervent improvisations of hard gospel. In the early 1960s, the band sang at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and were a part of the soundtrack to the Civil Rights movement.
The Blind Boys Of Alabama will be appearing at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available in advance at tickets.orsymphony.org ranging from $20.00 – $55.00.