The Blind Boys of Alabama

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Photograph: Cameron Witting
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Formed in 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind, the Blind Boys of Alabama have in recent years covered Funkadelic and the Rolling Stones, recorded a freaky album with pedal-steel prodigy Robert Randolph, and shared bills with Prince (at a club) and Dylan (at the White House). This week, the group—by now whittled down to just one original member, Jimmy Carter—headlines the first annual New York Brass and Heritage Festival, a rootsy concoction that also includes NOLA piano-soul legend Allen Toussaint and fast-rising Texas singer Ruthie Foster.
Event phone: 212-997-4144
Event website: http://bbkingblues.com