Savannah’s 5th Annual A-Town Get Down Music and Art Festival has announced their 2015 headliner, The Blind Boys of Alabama. The five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group has spanned over 75 years and has reached mainstream success, while influencing a wide array of musicians from different eras and genres. The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform at the festival on February 21, 2015. Since 1944, the group has seen members come and go; however, two of the original members, Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain, still perform with the other six members. The Blind Boys of Alabama grew their mass appeal in the nineties and earned the first of their five Grammy Awards in 2001 with the release of their album, Spirit of the Century.
While gospel is the primary musical style of the Blind Boys of Alabama, their loose definition of the gospel sound allows them to pull inspiration from pop, blues, folk, rock, funk and everything in between. With the collaboration of the Blind Boys and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, their latest album, I’ll Find a Way, offers an adventurous album filled with heart and spirituality.
Savannah’s A-Town Get Down is one of Savannah’s fastest growing festivals. Organized by the Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation, it is an interactive Art and Music Festival dedicated to providing access to the arts for Savannah’s youth, inspiring them to discover the confidence and self-esteem that comes with creative self expression. Located at the Charles H. Morris Center in historic Savannah, Georgia, the event runs from noon until midnight on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The festival includes performances by over 25 live bands and visual artists, including the Blind Boys of Alabama. In addition to live performances and exhibits, guests can expect an array of family activities, workshops and jam sessions. Since the inaugural festival in 2011, A-Town Get Down Music & Art Festival celebrates the life of Alex Townsend, affectionately called A-Town, who tragically died in a car accident on Valentine’s Day of 2011.
For more information, please visit A- TownGetDown.com. or contact Debbie Moore, S.H.A.D.O.W.S., (912) 661- 0439.