A Southern Gospel Group Deeply Rooted in African-American History

Blind+Boys+of+Alabama+photo+by+Cameron+WittingThe month of February marks Black History Month, or National African American History Month—an annual celebration of the achievements and major role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The Blind Boys of Alabama are a southern gospel group whose music is deeply rooted in African-American History. In the 1940s and 1950s, The Blind Boys of Alabama toured throughout the South during the Jim Crow era and flourished thanks to their unique sound. In the early 1960s, the band sang at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and were part of the soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement.

Songs such as “Free At Last,” and collaborations “We Shall Overcome,” and  “This May Be the Last Time,” were influenced by the marches, protests and tragedies of 50 years ago.

On February 23 and 24, The Blind Boys of Alabama take AcA’s Moncus Theater Stage with the Crecent City’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band for a joyous night of Southern spiritual music and New Orleans rhythms that brings the listener Down By The Riverside. Featuring individual band performances, as well as on-stage collaborations, the DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE tour finds these two legendary artists sharing the stage for the first time.