Five-time GRAMMY Winners and White House guests of the last three Presidents, The Blind Boys of Alabama are curating, hosting and performing three nights at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on July 12, 14, 16, 2010.
The first evening features collaborations with rock artists Yo La Tengo, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Lambchop and Exene Cervenka as well as with the avant-jazz of Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Horns.
The second show focuses on the intersection of soul, gospel, and country music, featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley, Randy Travis, The Yonder Mountain String Band, Ray Benson and Jason Roberts of Asleep at the Wheel, and Allison Moorer.
The final evening is a Family Revival, featuring Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, Hot 8 Brass Band and fellow Rosebud artists Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond. This show will feature songs from all of The Blind Boys’ GRAMMY Award-winning albums.
The Blind Boys will be featured on The House of Blues Radio Hour over May 22-23, 2010. Elwood Blues (aka Dan Aykroyd) will interview Jimmy Carter from the group and feature their music.
Catch The Blind Boys live
6/4/2010 Vivid, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
6/5/2010 Vivid, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
6/12/2010 Festival de Fès, Fès Morocco
6/19/2010 International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven CT
7/3/2010 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Saskatoon SK Canada
7/12/2010 Lincoln Center Festival, New York NY
7/14/2010 Lincoln Center Festival, New York NY
7/16/2010 Lincoln Center Festival, New York NY
7/24/2010 Sunset Music Series, Newport RI
7/30/2010 Seneca Casino, Niagara Falls NY
8/5/2010 Ordway Theater, St. Paul MN
8/6/2010 Ordway Theater, St. Paul MN
8/7/2010 Ordway Theater, St. Paul MN
8/8/2010 Ordway Theater, St. Paul MN
8/9/2010 Ordway Theater, St. Paul MN
8/10/2010 Ordway Theater, St. Paul MN
8/11/2010 Ordway Theater, St. Paul MN
8/21/2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh Playhouse Theater, Edinburgh SCOTLAND
8/22/2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh Playhouse Theater, Edinburgh SCOTLAND
8/23/2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh Playhouse Theater, Edinburgh SCOTLAND
8/28/2010 Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis MA
8/29/2010 The South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset MA
9/3/2010 Teatro Jorge Liecér Gaitán, Bogotá Colombia
9/17/2010 Hampton Arts Commission, Hampton VA
9/18/2010 Hampton Arts Commission, Hampton VA
9/28/2010 Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Logan UT
9/29/2010 Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Logan UT
10/8/2010 Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma WA
11/6/2010 The Clayton Center, Clayton NC
11/7/2010 Lincolnville Festival, St. Augustine FL
12/3/2010 Wingate University, Wingate NC
12/11/2010 Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA
12/12/2010 Chandler Cultural Foundation, Randolph VT
12/16/2010 Cal Poly Arts, San Luis Obispo CA
12/20/2010 Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles CA
1/29/2011 Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich Germany
2/4/2011 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR
2/26/2011 Wintergrass Music Festival, Bellevue WA
2/27/2011 Wintergrass Music Festival, Bellevue WA
About the Blind Boys of Alabama
Winners of 5 GRAMMY Awards (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009)
Honored with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)
Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees (2003)
Winners of 4 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (2003, 2006, 2 Awards in 2009)
3 U.S. Presidential Administrations have invited The Blind Boys to the White House: President Clinton in 1994, President Bush in 2002 and President Obama in 2010.
Featured performance on the 2005 GRAMMY telecast with Mavis Staples, Kanye West and John Legend. Other on stage and recording collaborations include work with Prince, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Allen Toussaint, Ben Harper and many more.
Featured appearances on 60 Minutes, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, CBS Saturday Morning and Austin City Limits.
The Blind Boys’ version of the Tom Waits song, “Way Down In The Hole”, was used as the main title theme for the popular HBO series, The Wire.
In February 2010, President and Mrs. Obama hosted In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Freedom Singers, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and the Howard University Choir. It was broadcast on PBS and NPR. “The Blind Boys of Alabama gave one of the night’s most fiery performances on the old spiritual I’m Free at Last.” – USA Today
In January 2010, The Blind Boys appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, accompanied by Lou Reed. They performed the Velvet Underground classic “Jesus,” a collaboration that is also featured on The Blind Boys’ 2009 CD, Duets and which they previously sang together at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
Featured in the film, Soundtrack For A Revolution, which screened at the prestigious Cannes and Tribeca Film Festivals. Focusing on the civil rights movement, the film uses updated renditions of the era’s songs performed by musicians including The Blind Boys, Richie Havens, The Roots, Harry Belafonte, Wyclef Jean, Angie Stone, John Legend and Joss Stone. Two-time Oscar and two-time Emmy Award winner Bill Guttentag and partner Dan Sturman wrote and directed the film.
In May 2005, Dan Rather presented The Blind Boys of Alabama with The American Foundation for the Blind’s distinguished Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award, presented to individuals and organizations that have improved the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired or disabled. Past recipients include Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Jose Feliciano.
May 2005 also found Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan presenting the Blind Boys the First Niarchos Prize for Survivorship. The Landmine Survivors Network awards the prize to an artist whose life work promotes resiliency and recovery.