Fairfield, CT (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes back The Blind Boys of Alabama to StageOne on May 24 for a night of gospel, blues and soul that will appeal to all generations of listeners.
Recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music, The Blind Boys of Alabama are eminent in the music world, having earned five Grammy Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and being named to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Perhaps the highest accolade is that they have been invited to perform not once, but twice, for two different presidents in the White House.
Having met back in the 1930s when all were students at the Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind, The Blind Boys of Alabama didn’t begin to record until the late 1940s. Taking their early musical cues from bands they heard on the radio like the legendary Golden Gate Quartet, the Blind Boys of Alabama traveled the south living day-to-day and dollar-to-dollar using their blindness as their chief selling point.
Led by Jimmy Carter after former front man Clarence Fountain retired in the mid 2000s, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been entertaining audiences of all cultures for over seven decades with their shows that have been called roof-raising musical events. Coming back to perform at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne in support of their 2012 release Spirit of the Century, The Blind Boys of Alabama defy categorical classification and employ the best of R&B, Afro-beat, folk, and blues while remaining true to their gospel roots.
They have performed at renowned music festivals for over 20 years, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Beale Street Music Festival, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival. They have also appeared on The Tonight Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes, and even their own holiday PBS special. It’s no wonder that The Blind Boys of Alabama have earned praises for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters like Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince, and Tom Waits.
Come witness why the Blind Boys of Alabama continue to win praises for their efforts and attain the highest levels of achievements in their illustrious and 70 year career.
Blind Boys of Alabama
Date: Friday, May 24
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Show: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: StageOne 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT 06824
Tickets: $65 Members Discount $5
Buy tickets: Box Office: 203.259.1036 or reserve online: http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org
About the company:
Fairfield Theatre Company is a highly-acclaimed nonprofit performing arts organization located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. FTC presents nearly 200 performances and concerts each year featuring outstanding national talent on FTC’s StageOne in Fairfield, The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, and the Norwalk Concert Hall in Norwalk. FTC’s intimate 200-seat StageOne venue is widely recognized as being one of the best places to see a live performance in the region. FTC is dedicated to providing the highest quality arts, entertainment, and educational experiences to the communities we serve.