Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint


Mar 28, 2013 – 7:00 PM

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  • Mavis Staples
  • Allen Toussaint
  • The Blind Boys Of Alabama

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Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint

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The living legends of gospel music will be returning to Australian Shores for their glorious meld of gospel, blues and rock n roll. It's harder to find a more joyful sound than their unforgettable shows filled with laughter and packed with emotion that they have finessed over 7 decades of touring. The Blind Boys were formed in the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind over 70 years ago and they haven't stopped since, their road has not been easy - but their regard in the industry is unrivalled.

Winners of 5 Grammy Awards and honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) are just some of their career highlights. The Blind Boys have shared the stage and collaborated with the finest musicians and songwriters including Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Tom Petty, John Fogerty and Peter Gabriel just to name a few.

The Blind Boy's last tour to Australia in 2011, received rave reviews from their two sold out Sydney Opera House performances, one Palais Theatre concert, sold out performances in New Zealand and standout shows at Bluesfest.

Mavis Staples: As a member of her family's band, The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples became one of the most popular gospel singers of the 1950s. Due to her father's friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., she became a major voice (literally) in the civil rights movement, performing tour dates at dozens of protests. Both through her work with the Staple Singers and her solo career, Maples has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The success of her most recent album, 2010's You Are Not Alone has led to a number of highly anticipated tour dates in 2011, lasting well into 2012.

A Chicago native, Mavis Staples began singing Gospel in local churches with her family in the late 40s, traveling throughout the South in the early 50s. Their popularity and folk music style led to the group becoming prominent in the civil rights movement of the 60s, covering some of the most popular protest standards of the era at rallies and tour dates. The family band scored a number of hit singles throughout the 70s, including "I'll Take You There", "Let's Do It Again", and "Respect Yourself." While Mavis' solo career began to a sleepy reception, she hit her stride with Time Waits for No One and The Voice, both featuring production and writing assistance from Prince. Staples' 2004 album, Have A Little Faith received rave reviews from critics, as well as once again reigniting her career.

Staples' latest release, You Are Not Alone, has shown that, even though Mavis may not release an album every year, her talent will never cease. Mavis Staples has a number of high profile tour dates in 2011, including appearances at a few remaining summer festivals. For all the latest on Staples concert schedule this year, be sure to check Eventful often.

Allen Toussaint: Allen Toussaint (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B.

Allen Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious 40 years plus career in music. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac "Dr. John" Rebannac, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Eric Gale and the countless others.

His songs/productions have been featured in numerous films, including but not limited to, Casino, Moulin Rouge, and Maid in Manhattan. He served as musical director for the off Broadway play, Staggerlee, which won the prestigious Outer Circle Critics Award.

Toussaint career began in his early twenties when hired by the local Minit Records to supervise its recording activities, awaiting their arrival of Harold Batiste. Toussaint quickly accumulated an amazing string of hits for the label, producing, writing, arranging and often performing on tracks by Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, Chris Kenner, and Benny Spellman, putting his signature New Orleans sound on the map, an obvious continuation of the Domino/Bartholomew era.

The Blind Boys Of Alabama: Inspirational, heart-felt, and homegrown; The Bind Boys of Alabama have captivated audiences since forming in 1939. The majority of the band-members, including the three lead vocalists, are blind. The group formed at the Alabama Institute of the Blind and Deaf as students and have been recording and touring together for seventy years! The Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates are currently scheduled and will have the blues-gospel group playing at select venues throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on The Blind Boys of Alabama concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for The Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates and venue information.

The Blind Boys of Alabama released their debut album, I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine, in 1948 and have been a consistent force on the Gospel scene ever since. After fifty years in the industry, The Blind Boys of Alabama received national attention in the 2000s. They won four Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album between 2002 and 2005 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Their mainstream attention continued throughout the decade and their music was featured in TV shows such as The Wire and Lost. In 2010, The Blind Boys of Alabama were invited to performed for President Obama alongside Bob Dylan, Natalie Cole, and Smokey Robinson. Most recently, the band released Take The HIgh Road in April, 2011 and embarked on a national Australian tour. Currently on tour in the US, The Blind Boys of Alabama concert schedule has performances scheduled throughout the year. Don't miss a date on The Blind Boys of Alabama concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for The Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates and venue information.

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