UT San Diego
By George Varga
October 9, 2012

Musical pairings don’t come much more inspired than that of Big Easy music icon Dr. John and gospel-music vocal legends The Blind Boys of Alabama, who perform here Saturday at downtown’s Balboa Theater.

Their “Spirituals to Funk” concert, which kicks off the La Jolla Music Society’s 2012/2013 New Orleans Jazz Series, is the fourth show on their first-ever tour. In this case, they’ll be sharing the stage for a good part of the show, rather than each performing separate sets. Both Dr. John and the Blind Boys have each won five Grammy Awards, with the Blind Boys having also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.