Since the Blind Boys of Alabama began singing, the country has witnessed a world war, the civil rights movement, a moon landing and the invention of both the jukebox and the internet. The gospel group will be at Luther College Saturday, Nov. 3, as part of the college's Center Stage Series of performance art events.
This event, held in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, is open to the public. Tickets are $36 for adults, $34 for seniors 65+, and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
The original members of the Blind Boys of Alabama first met at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. From those humble beginnings grew an urge to perform on the national stage leading them to performances at the White House, for three different presidents. Their story has been described as America's story, centering around their newest album, "Almost Home."
Their new album "Almost Home" was recorded over four different sessions with four different Grammy-winning producers, each in a different city. The album recounts the band's journey through original songs from a variety of artists, including John Leventhal, Marc Cohn, the North Mississippi Allstars, Ruthie Foster and Valerie June. "Almost Home" is the group's first album in three years.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have performed with several different artists throughout their career, including Oak Ridge Boys, Tom Petty, Vince Gill, Ben Harper, Chrissie Hynde, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Tom Petty, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Mavis Staples, Susan Tedeschi, Randy Travis, Tom Waits and Hank Williams Jr.
Of the original members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, only one still performs with the group; the current leader Jimmy Carter.
According to the New York Times, "[They] came to epitomize what is known as jubilee singing, a livelier breed of gospel music… they made it zestier still by adding jazz and blues idioms and turning up the volume, creating a sound…like the rock 'n' roll that grew out of it."
Prior to the performance, Luther is holding a Center Stage Dinner Series event. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room; tickets are $20 per person. Dinner tickets can be found online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected].
Upcoming Center Stage Series events include The Lorelei Ensemble on Nov. 17 and the Westerlies on Feb. 15. For the full Center Stage Series listing see https://tinyurl.com/css201819.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.