Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. From gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road.
Performing at The Civic, and supported by our own treasure Tami Neilson, this will be an incredibly memorable evening with one of the world’s greatest - there is no persona; she is, simply and untouchably, Mavis.
Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis Staples has been in the company of countless legends. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her family The Staple Singers, to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, to pop stardom during the Stax era with hits ‘I’ll Take You There’ and ‘Respect Yourself’, to The Last Waltz, to serving as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince, to collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson, her GRAMMY®-winning partnership with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and most recently with Hozier on his new release ‘Nina Cried Power’.