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Blind Boys of Mississippi 

When: Sun., May 12, 4 p.m. 2013
Price: $25, $35

Unlike The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have garnered wide media attention and Grammy Awards since becoming favorites of the white roots-music crowd, the Blind Boys of Mississippi remain little-known outside the gospel music community. They've continued on much as they started in 1936 -- traveling up and down the "gospel highway," serving up their "hard gospel" quartet-style harmonies to African-American church audiences. Awesome lead singers such as Archie Brownlee, Roscoe Robinson, Willmer "Little Ax" Broadnax, and the late Oakland resident Tiny Powell have passed through group's ranks over the years. No original members remain, but sighted lead vocalist Sandy Foster has been carrying on the intense Mississippi Blind Boys' tradition now for more than forty years. They will make a rare Bay Area appearance at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church (5717 Foothill Blvd., Oakland) on Sunday, May 12. 4 p.m. $25, $30. ReidsRecords.com

— Lee Hildebrand

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