In the midst of a Celebrity Artist Series season featuring two very new, first-out productions, the Blind Boys of Alabama bring in the opposite element of time. Since the original members first sang together as kids in the 1930’s, the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm at the Mitrani Hall in the Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University
$28 adults/$14 children & B.U. students
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Touring throughout the south in the 1940’s and 1950’s, they flourished thanks to their unique sound, which blended the close harmonies of early Jubilee Gospel with the more fervent improvisations of Hard Gospel. Their incredible history includes winning five Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and to perform at the White House for three presidents. They have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. Having performed and recorded with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, Ben Harper, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Justin Vernon, Patty Griffin, and most recently Taj Mahal, the band continues their streak of creating original and interesting work. The Blind Boys’ live shows are roof-raising musical events.
“The secret to our longevity is, we love what we do. And when you love what you do, that keeps you motivated. That keeps you alive.”