SATURDAY AUGUST 12 – BURTON CUMMINGS THEATRE PART OF THE 2017 WINNIPEG BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL
RESERVED SEATS ON SALE FRIDAY APRIL 21 AT TICKETMASTER STARTING AT $39.50 (PLUS FEES)
The 2017 Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival is pleased to announce the Blind Boys of Alabama on Saturday August 12 at Burton Cummings Theatre. Reserved seats go on sale Friday April 21st.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. Touring throughout the South during the Jim Crow era of the 1940s and 1950s, the Blind Boys flourished thanks to their unique sound, which blended the close harmonies of early jubilee gospel with the more fervent improvisations of hard gospel. In the early 1960s, the band sang at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and were a part of the soundtrack to the Civil Rights movement. It’s almost unbelievable that a group of blind, African-American singers, who started out touring during a time of whites-only bathrooms, restaurants and hotels, went on to win five Grammy Awards, appear on Broadway, and perform at the White House for three different presidents.
The Blind Boys’ live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent. The Blind Boys of Alabama have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 75 years and shows no signs of diminishing. “We appreciate the accolades and we thank God for them,” says Jimmy Carter, a founding member and the Blind Boys’ current leader. “But we’re not interested in money or anything other than singing gospel. We had no idea when we started that we would make it this far. 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.”
Reserved seats for the Saturday August 12th show go on sale Friday April 21st at 10am at Ticketmaster. The 2017 Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival will take place on August 11th and 12th on Smith Street and the Burton Cummings Theatre. Additional Festival announcements to come.
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