FirstWorks returns to The Vets with concert from international supergroup


FirstWorks, a Rhode Island non-profit dedicated to building community through world-class arts, presents “From Bamako to Birmingham,” a concert with Blind Boys of Alabama and Amadou & Mariam on April 27, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at The VETS. FirstWorks welcomes the international supergroup to Providence for the opening leg of their North American tour. This show combines contemporary African sounds and American roots music in the collaboration of a lifetime. It takes nearly a day to fly from Birmingham to Bamako, but these two distinct musical worlds are coming together on a single stage with FirstWorks!

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 Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.

For over forty years, Amadou & Mariam have managed to joyfully combine their love story with a musical career while becoming beloved ambassadors for Malian music, and African music, all around the world.

What these two acts have in common, besides their storied careers and enormous fan bases, is that they are blind. Rather than have sight impairment be a barrier, blindness has graced each of these musicians with strength and courage, and the ability to inspire others.

Tickets to the Wednesday, April 27, 2022 7:30 p.m. performance at The VETS are $49–$69 (includes a $4 restoration fee) and are available now at


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