Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Hering Auditorium
The Blind Boys of Alabama are an American treasure. Known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, including songs by writers such as Prince and Tom Waits, the band was recently called “a superweapon of roots-music uplift” by Rolling Stone magazine.
This holiday season, the Blind Boys are touring in support of their latest Christmas album, “Talkin’ Christmas!” on Sony Masterworks. It features blues legend Taj Mahal and includes several original holiday songs. This special concert will feature songs from the “Talkin’ Christmas!” album as well as the band’s previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” along with Blind Boys’ Gospel classics.
After touring in the gospel caravans of the 1940’s and 50’s, the Blind Boys have since enjoyed accolades and awards from all parts of the music world, including a remarkable five Grammy Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Blind Boys have appeared on recordings with Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Susan Tedeschi, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and many other great artists. The band has also been featured on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and were co-stars in the Broadway musical The Gospel At Colonus with Morgan Freeman.
The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Tour will showcase the band performing selections from “Talkin’ Christmas!” along with Christmas classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.
“A breath of fresh winter air.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES
You don’t have to be a believer to appreciate the music of the Blind Boys of Alabama or the message of faith, redemption and devotion they espouse, but it’s also likely that once you listen to their newest opus, I’ll Find a Way, you’ll feel a new surge of spirituality… Ultimately, there’s not a single song here that fails to resonate or emphatically evoke emotions… – American Songwriter
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We always try to bring the very best in each genre we present and Blind Boys certainly proves the rule. We seek to bring a non-traditional perspective to our holiday presentation and what could be more different yet more appropriate then gospel at Christmastime? -FCA
(please note – Taj Majal is not on this tour with the Blind Boys of Alabama)