The joy of gospel meets the soul of New Orleans when two of America's greatest cultural ambassadors join forces for Down by the Riverside! Vocal legends The Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of the music industry. They predate Elvis, Little Richard, and Al Green, but even in their 70s, they continue to top the gospel charts and win Grammy Awards, four consecutive and counting. For nearly half a century, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been bridging present-day sounds with the ageless traditions of New Orleans jazz. No matter where these National Medal of Arts recipients play, audiences are immediately transported to their storefront home, just around the corner from Bourbon Street. Be there as these two legendary groups carry their proud musical traditions into the future! Part of Prelude 2008: Arts Across America.
Performance Running Time:
7:00 – 8:00, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
8:00 – 8:20, Intermission
8:20 – 9:20, Blind Boys of Alabama
9:20 – 9:30, Finale (with both groups)