The rumbling, soul-stirring, sometimes ground-shaking voices of the Blind Boys of Alabama are a genuine marvel, weaving into harmonies as rich and piquant as devil's food cake, a confection probably more suited to their recent secular drift than gospel roots reaching back nearly 75 years. The Boys play it both ways during their annual Yuletide celebration, based on their 2003 Christmas album Go Tell It on the Mountain. Traditional hymns and carols mix with seasonal pop nuggets like "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song," all wrapped in festive, glowing arrangements as likely to rock out as soar on gossamer gospel wings. Founding member Jimmy Carter still leads the Boys, who in recent years have vastly expanded their horizons by collaborating with artists from across the musical spectrum while tackling material stretching from trad jazz to bluegrass and beyond. Meanwhile, the group's Noel nuggets are guaranteed to warm the bleak midwinter.
Mondays, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Dec. 10. Continues through Dec. 11, 2012