VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
The Center for the Arts presents
Saturday, December 1, 8:00PM
With Bear River High School’s
“Jazz Unlimited” choir opening
$35 members, $40 non-member
VIP TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
“Inspired and relevant…borders on the miraculous.” – The Washington Post
They proclaim their reverence in close harmonies and gutsy improvisations that leap heavenward. – The New York Times
The fusion of the Blind Boys’ Deep South gospel with New Orleans funk, R&B and jazz creates a superweapon of rootsmusic upliftwill raise goose bumps even on the tatted-up arms of resolutely futurist hipsters. – Rolling Stone
Seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert, all uplifting experiencethe best moments come when the group joins forces for stirring harmonies. – The Washington Post
“There’s no denying the power of spirit that suffuses the legendary gospel quintet’s latest disc. Typical gusto, honest, soulful music.” – Mojo
Based on the 2003 Grammy-winning CD of the same name, Go Tell It On The Mountain features The Blind Boys of Alabama in a joyful holiday concert performing holiday hymns, carols and seasonal pop standards, blending material from the CD with other traditional favorites. The CD has sold over 200,000 copies and this annual tour has become a popular holiday event since its 2003 debut. It has inspired and uplifted audiences of all ages at such prestigious venues as Washington DC’s Lisner Auditorium, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Atlanta’s Symphony Hall and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, sung for two presidents in the White House and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Their performances have been experienced by millions on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Grammy® Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, and on their own holiday PBS Special. 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 formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. The group toiled for almost 40 years almost exclusively on the black gospel circuit, playing in churches, auditoriums, and even stadiums across the country. Their recorded output, reaching back to 1948 with their hit I Can See Everybody\’s Mother But Mine on the Veejay label, is widely recognized as being influential for many gospel, R&B and rock n\’ roll artists. The Blind Boys had their own chance to cross over to popular music in the 1950Ã¢â‚¬²s, along with their gospel friend and contemporary Sam Cooke, but stayed true to their calling. In the 1960Ã¢â‚¬²s, they joined the Civil Rights movement, performing at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King. They toiled in the vineyards all through the 1970Ã¢â‚¬²s as the world of popular music began to pass them by. But in 1983, their career reached a turning point with their crucial role in the smash hit and Obie Award-winning play The Gospel at Colonus, which brought the Blind Boys timeless sound to an enthusiastic new audience. In the 1990Ã¢â‚¬²s they received two Grammy nominations and performed at the White House. In recent years the Blind Boys were awarded five Grammy Awards and their musical brethren have paid homage to their legacy and their continued relevance by asking them to contribute and collaborate on new projects. The Blind Boys have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Randy Travis, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Charlie Musselwhite, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel and many others. The Blind Boys of Alabama have profoundly influenced an entire generation (or two) of gospel, soul, R&B and rock musicians and are still blazing trails after all these years.
Much in the world has changed since the original version of the Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together in 1939. Today, more than 70 years later, founding member Jimmy Carter can look back on a career far beyond what he and his colleagues could imagine at that time.
Bear River High School’s Jazz Unlimited Choir
Jazz Unlimited is the award-winning vocal jazz choir from Bear River High School in Grass Valley. Over the years, Jazz Unlimited has performed throughout the state at a variety of festivals, competitions, and showcases. Highlights include performing at the statewide convention of the California Highway Patrol at Caesars Palace in Tahoe; performing twice at the largest Dixieland jazz festival in the world, The Sacramento Jazz Jubilee; and taking first place awards at Reno International Jazz Festival, RAVES Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Festival, Folsom Jazz Festival, and the CSU Sacramento Jazz Festival. This year, they have participated in the Folsom Jazz Festival, the Columbia Jazz Festival, and took first place at the Music in the Parks Festival at Disneyland. They are honored to be performing for the Center of the Arts and the Blind Boys of Alabama!
Alissa Aune – Director of Choral Music
Toon Vandevorst, Piano
Aaron Cloyd, Bass
Jesse Burke, Drums