'Spirituals to Funk' Brings Dr. John & The Blind Boys of Alabama
Jazz pioneer Dr. John is joined by gospel's legendary The Blind Boys of Alabama for a majestic show that explores the connections between blues, jazz and gospel. Under Dr. John's musical direction, "Spirituals to Funk" represents the first-ever touring partnership between the two icons of American music.
Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall 'Spirituals to Swing' concerts produced by John Hammond in the 1930s, the Rock & Roll Hall of famer and 5-time Grammy Award winners take the DeVos Performance Hall stage on Tuesday, October 23rd. Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50 and go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon. Tickets can be purchased at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 800-745-3000.
Dr. John and the Blind Boys will perform together as they build on a legacy that started with Dr. John's appearance on the Blind Boys' Grammy® Award-winning CD "Down in New Orleans ," and continues with the Blind Boys' appearance on Dr. John's CD celebrating Louis Armstrong's 100th birthday.For over four decades, Mac Rebennack adopted the persona of Dr. John to establish his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and homegrown Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973's In The Right Place, which contained the chart hits "Right Place Wrong Time" and "Such A Night." Dr. John garnered Grammy award wins in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. 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.