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HousingFest - A Concert to End Homelessness with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Jim Lauderdale

When: Sat., Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. 2014

HOUSINGFEST F. BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

The Blind Boys of Alabama have a history hard to fathom. The group formed when its members were mere children in the late 1930s, first singing together at the Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega, and spent the next two decades touring the Jim Crow South. The group’s first album came out 66 years ago. Only two of the original six members remain, but the group maintains its dedication to bringing gospel to the world — a mission that continued even during the soul boom of the ’60s and ’70s, when gospel seem antiquated to many. The group’s adeptness at covering music from outside genres — blues, folk, even mainstream rock and pop — and teasing out the songs’ spiritual core established it as a versatile act. This captivating mix of traditional gospel authenticity and modern experimentation broke them in the early ’90s, eventually earning five Grammy awards. They share the stage with singer-songwriter and fellow Grammy award-winner Jim Lauderdale. (Jeff Taylor)

Price: $25.00


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