2009 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients previous Cleveland appearances include the Rock Hall and at The Q together with Peter Gabriel
CLEVELAND (September 15, 2015) – Cathedral Concerts, recognized by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “one of the most unusual (and diverse) endeavors to hit the city in some time,” is proud and honored to welcome The Blind Boys of Alabama to the gorgeous Trinity Cathedral.
The concert series, exclusive to Cleveland, announced today that the renowned group will appear at the Cathedral on Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 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 and shows no signs of diminishing.
Video: The Blind Boys of Alabama feature story
“We are dreamers,” stated Denny Young, Elevation Group president and Cathedral Concerts’ executive producer. “And when we created Cathedral Concerts, we dreamt about presenting The Blind Boys of Alabama. They are (beyond) a perfect match for what we are trying to produce at Trinity.”
"We are very excited to host this five-time Grammy-award winning Gospel group at Trinity. We are a Cathedral that lives and breathes diversity and inclusion,” said the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean. “And through the Cathedral Concerts series, our message of 'all are welcome' is reaching new audiences. We look forward to The Blind Boys of Alabama spiritually uplifting the audience in our beautiful sacred space."
The Blind Boys of Alabama met at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, and left there to "turn pro" in 1944. 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 group toiled for almost 40 years almost exclusively on the black gospel circuit, playing in churches, auditoriums, and even stadiums across the country.
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 recent years the Blind Boys’ 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, Ben Harper, k.d. lang, the late Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, 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.
Video: The Blind Boys of Alabama performing with Peter Gabriel (“Sky Blue” at 5:00)
Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 18, at 10 a.m. ET. General seating tickets are priced at $43.50 and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com, www.ticketmaster.com or at the Cathedral Concerts box office (located at 23400 Mercantile Road, Suite #10, Beachwood, Ohio 44122). Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at 1 (866) 468-3401.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. An opening act will be announced at a later date.
Cleveland-based agency The Elevation Group conceived, created and is producing
Cathedral Concerts. Cathedral Concerts’ has already staged sold-out concerts featuring The Airborne Toxic Event, Red Wanting Blue and Academy Award winner, Glen Hansard. Additionally, the series has featured a trio of Grammy Award winners including Bruce Hornsby, Marc Cohn and Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as several other internationally-renowned musical acts.
About Cathedral Concerts
The Cathedral Concerts series is being presented as a hip, unique and intimate musical experience alternative, and events have been staged at Trinity Cathedral throughout 2015. Schedule updates are announced on a monthly basis and the lineup has featured national and international recording artists including Grammy Award, Academy Award, Billboard Music Award and American Music Award winners.
Trinity Cathedral has become the home to shows presented by some of the most creative and interesting artists from a variety of musical genres.The Cathedral’s medieval ambiance and limited capacity (500 seats) creates an unparalleled concert experience in Cleveland.
About The Elevation Group
The Elevation Group is an award-winning sponsorship marketing, event production and communications company. Formed in 2002 by former senior IMG executives Steve Lindecke and Denny Young, Elevation is comprised of experts in sports and music events, sponsorships and personalities.
Over the past decade, Elevation has been a part of several major national and international awards. The company has become known throughout the United States and abroad for its superior events, excellence in music television production and unparalleled sports sponsorship consultation, activation and communication.