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Blind Boys of Alabama


Mississippi Studios (map) North
Wed., Dec. 21, 8 p.m. 2011 21+

Erika Goldring
Blind Boys of Alabama

Several economic disasters ago, before D-Day, the moon landing, Vietnam, and the civil rights movement, the Blind Boys of Alabama began playing music with a single-minded purpose—spreading salvation via deep, spine-tickling harmonies. Formed as a gospel septet at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, the Boys have had remarkable staying power, but museum relics they are not: They released their sixtysomethingth album (and first country album), Take the High Road, this year; they have earned six Grammy Awards, all in this century; they jumped on the bandwagon and released a Duets album with a lot of famous people. Accolades aside, non-aficionados of gospel know them best as the soulsters whose rendition of Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole" was used as the unforgettable first-season theme of The Wire. REBECCA WILSON

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

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  • Wed., Dec. 21, 8 p.m. 2011
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