Music achieves its full emotional effect only when performed live, just as great literature becomes comprehensible only when screamed aloud in a crowded subway train. Enjoy public performance with today's GrouponLive deal: for $18, you get two general-admission tickets to see The Blind Boys of Alabama at Dimnent Memorial Chapel on the Hope College campus in Holland on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value; single tickets cost $13 for seniors and $6 for students and children). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have shared uplifting spiritual music since uniting at the Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind in 1939, going on to win five Grammys, two lifetime achievement awards, and thousands of devoted fans. Instead of watching flocks of squawking seagulls for musical enjoyment, guests can absorb the sounds of the group's inspiring new album, Take the High Road, which has earned praise from the New York Times. The Boys' first foray into country music, the record swathes spirituals such as "Jesus, Hold My Hand" in earnestness and a touch of twang. Devotees may tap their toes and snap their braces to other tunes from the crew's rich repertoire, which includes gospel classics and songs about faith and hope by Ben Harper, Curtis Mayfield, and Tom Waits. If the stars align, the songsters will perform "I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine," the 1948 hit that inspired legions of other artists and propelled the group to major-label recording contracts, gigs on The Tonight Show, and their very own pew in the clouds.
Concertgoers will imbibe the group's mellifluous vocals from the wooden pews of the historic Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Known for its impeccable acoustics, the venue wows ears with a Skinner organ and stuns eyes with stained-glass windows made from antique laser beams.