On Sunday, Nov. 18, Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama will perform the world premiere of “Spirituals to Swing” at the historic Park Theatre in Cranston. In the midst of their first cross-country tour of the United States and Canada, this inaugural touring partnership between two icons of American music will also feature special guest performers.
Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall concerts produced by John Hammond in the 1930s, this version of “Spirituals to Swing” is an integrated show that explores the connections between jazz, blues and gospel.
As a Five-time Grammy winner and recent inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dr. John has been performing across the globe for more than 40 years. A well-known singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist, his theatrical stage shows are inspired by New Orleans R&B, combining blues, jazz, rock and roll and zydeco. Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison.
First formed in 1939, The Blind Boys of Alabama are known worldwide for their gospel music; their tours taking them to virtually every continent. The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of all types of music, from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits, among others. The Blind Boys’ live shows are high-energy musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures.
Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets are priced at $35, $45 and $55 and are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased through the Theatre’s secure website www.ParkTheatreRI.com or by calling the Box Office at 467-7275.
Entertainment writer Don Fowler has seen both Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama, and adds, ”Either one of these acts is reason enough to buy a ticket. The two of them together in one show is a real gift. Don’t miss this show, which should sell out.”
The Park Theatre is located at 848 Park Ave. Free parking is available for all shows.