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    Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Blind Boys of Alabama sing Saturday in the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den

    Blind Boys of Alabama (Jim Herrington)

    Superlative gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama formed in 1939. When I first saw them, in 2002, I think, I remember feeling lucky. Not only did they have an energy and a self-percolating vibe to go along with those spiritualized vocals, but it was also one of those "No telling how long these guys will be with us" situations.

    I saw them a second time opening for Peter Gabriel a few years later and, again, felt blessed. Not all the original members were alive, but the replacements were just as fervent and talented. And yet, I speculated I'd probably seen them for the last time.

    Well, heck. Saturday, in the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, the Blind Boys of Alabama will perform again — and it's worth noting that, last week, the act received a Grammy nomination in the Best American Roots Performance for their song "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" featuring Bela Fleck.

    For many reasons, this is a fine opportunity to see one of the finest gospel groups in the world. Don't worry, though. It's not like they're going anywhere.

    Blind Boys of Alabama, 8 p.m. Saturday, Mohegan Sun Wolf Den; free; www.mohegansun.com.

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