Savannah's fifth annual A-Town Get Down Music and Art Festival has announced its 2015 headliner will be The Blind Boys of Alabama.
The five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group has spanned more than 75 years and 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 Feb. 21.
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 gained mass appeal in the 1990s 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 the city'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.
The event is from noon-midnight Feb. 21 at the Charles H. Morris Center. The festival includes performances by more than 25 live bands and visual artists, including The Blind Boys of Alabama.
In addition to 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 2011. The event is designed to inspire both established and aspiring musicians and artists.