Fairfield Theatre Company will have a performance by gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at StageOne, 70 Sanford St. Doors open at 7.
The group originated in the 1930s when its members were students at the Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind and did not begin to record until the late 1940s, according to a news release. Since then, the band has earned five Grammy Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and been named to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. It has also been invited to perform for two different presidents in the White House.
The band, led by Jimmy Carter after former front man Clarence Fountain retired in the mid-2000s, will return to StageOne in support of its 2012 release "Spirit of the Century." The band currently has three blind singers, including Carter.
The band has played at several music festivals, such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Beale Street Music Festival, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the release states. It has also appeared on "The Tonight Show," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "60 Minutes," the Grammy Awards telecast, and in its own holiday PBS special.
Tickets are $65, $60 for FTC members.
For tickets or more information, call 203-259-1036 or visit www.fairfieldtheatre.org.