Gospel Legends Blind Boys Of Alabama Announce Tour

Five-time Grammy winners and gospel luminaries Blind Boys of Alabama will celebrate 85 years of music in 2024 and show little sign of slowing down.

The current iteration of the long-running quintet will release the group’s 71st album, Echoes of the South, September 8, launching a tour the next night at the Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The tour — which follows a trio of festival plays in August — includes stops in Philadelphia, New York and the Los Angeles area. See the full routing below.

The Blind Boys lost two long-time members in the last year. Paul Beasley died in March, following Ben Moore’s death in May 2022.

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“We lost two great champions in Ben and Paul,” group leader Jimmy Carter said, according to a release. “But I know they would want the Blind Boys to keep on going.”

The Blind Boys have been a regular touring act for most of their eight-plus decades and have earned the respect and admiration of artists across the musical spectrum. Indeed, some of the earliest reports for the group in Pollstar Boxoffice are a run of dates opening for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in 1999.


July 19 – Mendocino Music Festival 2023 – Mendocino, CA
August 19 – CHOMP – Redmond, CA
August 27 – Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival – Vancouver, WA
September 9 – Paramount Center for the Arts – Saint Cloud, MN
September 10 – Reif Performing Arts Center – Grand Rapids, MN
September 11 – Pablo Center at the Confluence – Eau Claire, WI
September 15 – City Winery Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
September 16 – City Winery Boston – Boston, MA
September 17 – City Winery New York – New York, NY
November 19 – Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall – Akron, OH
November 26 – Lone Tree Arts Center – Lone Tree, CO
January 13-20 – Sandy Beaches Cruise 2024 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
February 8 – Fred Kavli Theatre (with Bobby Rush) – Thousand Oaks, CA