“Are you ready for a miracle?” the singers shouted as they stepped on stage.
We jumped out of our chairs with the rest of the crowd at the B.B. King Blues Club, calling “yes!” and clapping our hands. Let the music begin!
The large Times Square club felt surprisingly cozy and intimate, packed with people of all ages, here to see the Harlem Gospel Choir perform at the club’s legendary Sunday brunch. We had already feasted on platters of Southern soul food: fried chicken and catfish, smothered collard greens, smoked ham hocks, grits, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, and more.
Now, we were ready to hear the most famous gospel choir in the country. Their joyous music filled the club. We sang, we clapped, we danced, and we stomped our feet.
When the singers urged us to “Put some church in it!” we shouted “Amen!” to each ending chorus. For two hours, the world felt like a much better place. Hallelujah!
237 West 42d St., 212-997-4144, www.bbkingblues.com, $40 in advance, $42.50 day of show