Gospel Music Channel to Present Blind Boys of Alabama Live on Monday, May 19 at NCTA

By Jenny Bennett | managing editor, www.watchgmctv.com
Posted: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 17:54

Gospel Music Channel to Present the Legendary Blind Boys of Alabama
Live in Concert on Monday, May 19 at NCTA National Show

NEW ORLEANS – May 19, 2008 – Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will offer invited guests an opportunity to enjoy the quintessential New Orleans experience on Monday, May 19 with a rare intimate performance starring The Blind Boys of Alabama and featuring New Orleans' own Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The invitation-only show and reception will run from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at historic Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter Street, located in the French Quarter.

The event is one of the components of GMC's multi-faceted New Orleans-based initiative. GMC will also be delivering food, personal care products, and school supplies to local families and children on Saturday, May 17. The network will also use its show floor booth space to showcase local New Orleans painters and other visual artists with all original artwork either purchased or commissioned from local painters and other artists who lived in the region damaged by the Hurricane Katrina.

Four-time Grammy winners, The Blind Boys of Alabama's latest album is called Down In New Orleans and is the legendary group's first-ever recording made in the Big Easy. The music video for the album's first single, Free at Last, is currently being seen on Gospel Music Channel. Down in New Orleans represents the band's desire to bring hope to the still-storm-ravaged city and includes performances by some of New Orleans' finest artists. Since 1939, The Blind Boys of Alabama have sung a fervent blend of traditional and contemporary gospel music, though much has changed during these seven prolific decades. Stylistic phases have waxed and waned; personnel has come and gone. The Blind Boys' audience – once rigidly segregated and confined to traditional gospel venues – now reflects the group's eclectic, global following, while their repertoire has expanded to embrace secular songs with a strongly spiritual message.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. The band has traveled worldwide, spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz.

Preservation Hall itself was built as a private residence in 1750. Over the many years since, the hall has evolved into a tavern, inn, photo studio and an art gallery. The inside of the hall contains portraits of the musicians who first filled it with the beautiful sounds of New Orleans Jazz. The venue as it is now known opened its doors in 1961 as a sanctuary to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz, which at the time had lost much of its popularity to modern jazz and rock ‘n roll. Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the hall's founders, wanted a place where New Orleans musicians could play New Orleans Jazz, a style, they believed, should not disappear.

Gospel Music Channel (http://www.GospelMusicChannel.com) Gospel Music Channel is the fastest-growing network in television today and can be seen in nearly 40 million homes on various cable systems around the country and nationwide on DIRECTV.

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