â€œTALKINâ€™ CHRISTMASâ€ CONCERT PART OF COMMUNITY FIRST CREDIT UNIONâ€™S A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
From the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division
St. Augustine, FL â€“ Community First Credit Union’s A December To Remember proudly announces that gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform their â€œTalkinâ€™ Christmasâ€ Show on Sunday, November 29 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
This event is FREE with the donation of at least one non-perishable canned food item per person. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open at 5 p.m. with Santa visits, train rides, face painting, nightly snowfall and a bounce house! This free, family-friendly event is brought to you in part by the Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years.
The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.
They have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper and most recently Justin Vernon, Patty Griffin, Merrill Garbus and Sam Amidon on their latest recording Iâ€™ll Find A Way.
They have made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes and their own holiday special on PBS.
The Blind Boys of Alabama “Talkin’ Christmas” Show will showcase the band performing selections from Talkin’ Christmas! album along with Christmas classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career. Talkinâ€™ Christmas! includes new versions of Christmas standards, covers of hidden gospel gems, and seven brand-new holiday songs â€” six of which are the first Christmas songs ever penned by the Blind Boys themselves.
The new original songs include the title track “Talkinâ€™ Christmas!” a funky tribute to the power of Christmas featuring Money Mark on keyboards, and the compassionate “What Can I Do?” Talkin’ Christmas! also features a hand-clapping rearrangement of the usually-slower classic â€œDo You Hear What I Hear?â€ and a refreshingly intimate, acoustic version of â€œSilent Nightâ€.
Tickets for Community First Credit Unionâ€™s A December To Remember presents The Blind Boys of Alabama â€œTalkinâ€™ Christmasâ€ Show will be distributed at the ticket gates on a first-come, first-seated basis when doors open at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 29.
The donation of at least one non-perishable canned food item per entry will be collected at the ticket gates by the United Way of St. Johns County. The United Way of St. Johns County will collect on behalf of and distribute among the more than 30 agencies it represents and the countyâ€™s many food pantries. This food drive is part of the commitment made by St. Johns County to support those in need this holiday season. Go to www.staugamphitheatre.com
IF YOU GO
- SHOW: Community First Credit Unionâ€™s A December To Remember presents The Blind Boys of Alabama â€œTalkinâ€™ Christmasâ€ Show
- VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
- DATE: Sunday, November 29, 2015
- TIME: Doors 5:00pm / Show 8:00pm
- ADMISSION: Free admission with donation of least one canned food item per person
- ONLINE: www.blindboys.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com