Blind Boys of Alabama Are Coming Home!
In 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega, Alabama, history was made. The Blind Boys of Alabama sang together for the first time. The Blind Boys of Alabama is a five-time Grammy Award winning gospel group. After seven decades of touring, countless prestigious appearances, and a successful discography, the Blind Boys of Alabama have created their own solid musical history.
Band with a Mission
Formed over 70 years ago at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, known today as the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB), the Blind Boys of Alabama have a self-proclaimed goal: to share their spirituality and uplift audiences. The gospel group has also been a source of inspiration for those with disabilities.
In the words of one of the group’s members, Ricky McKinnie, “Our disability doesn’t have to be a handicap. It’s not about what you can’t do. It’s about what you do. And what we do is sing good gospel music.”
Now these amazingly gifted gentlemen are bringing their gifts and voices to Merrimack Hall, and you do not want to miss the show. If you’re one of those people who is impressed by stats and/or award, prepare to be dazzled because I’m about to break it down for you. And Our Valley Events is giving away tickets to their Huntsville show! Details below.
- Winners of 4 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (2003, 2006, 2 Awards in 2009)
- 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)
- 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
- Invited to play for 3 U.S. Presidential Administrations at the White House: President Clinton in 1994, President Bush in 2002 and President Obama in 2010.
- Featured performance on the 2005 GRAMMYtelecast
- Performed on Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary song “Toast To Freedom”, released May 2012
- Appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, accompanied by Lou Reed
- Performed at The White House in February 2010 for In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, along with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Freedom Singers, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and the Howard University Choir.
Dates and Times:
Thursday, September 27: 7:30pm
Friday, September 28: 7:30pm
Location: Merrimack Hall
Cost: Main floor seats: $45 Adults/$42 Seniors; Graduated seats $40 Adults/$37 Seniors
Purchase Tickets: Click here or call (256) 534-6455
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