FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announces participation in the Blind Boys of Alabama’s Easter Weekend Special, a virtual performance presented by the legendary gospel group, on Friday, April 2 at 9pm.
The group has performed live on the Mahaiwe stage twice, in 2012 and 2017.
“It is hard to think of a group that brings more richness and depth to music-making than the Blind Boys of Alabama, with their phenomenal command of vocal harmonies and their sumptuous, masterful renditions of gospel classics,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson.
The Blind Boys of Alabama Easter Weekend Special will feature a fresh set of old and new songs. Easter is a special time for any gospel group, especially a band that jammed with the Easter Bunny (known as ‘E.B.’) in the classic kids’ film Hop.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. The Blind Boys of Alabama have also appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night, The Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and many other television shows.
Virtual admission is $18 for individuals and $25 for groups. See mahaiwe.org for the link to purchase and watch.
About the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,500 events and welcomed over half a million people through its doors. More than 22,000 students from 73 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For more information, see mahaiwe.org.