SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 TOWN HALL SEATTLE, 7:30PM
An Evening with Mavis Staples
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Earshot Jazz.
ADVANCE: Premium, $32; General, $25
DAY OF SHOW: Premium, $35, General, $28
STUDENTS UNDER 25: $12
$2 discount at all levels for Seniors and Members of Town Hall and Earshot Jazz
NOTE: Unfortunately due to a personal scheduling conflict in Washington, DC on October 30, Mavis Staples has had to reschedule her show at Town Hall Seattle to Sunday, October 31, at 7:30 pm. She apologizes for any inconvenience. The ticket(s) you have already purchased will be valid for the new date. If you have questions or would like to make changes to your order, please contact 800/838-3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and soul/gospel legend, Mavis Staples needs no introduction. But just to refresh your memory, it should be stated that the 71 year old, who shows no signs of slowing, first came to prominence as a member of the Staple Singers. The group led by her father, Pops Staples, first hit the charts in 1956 with the gospel track “Uncloudy Day.” Nearly two decades later in the 1970s, the Staple Singers came to even greater prominence after hitting the charts with soulful pop songs like “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There,” and “Let’s Do It Again”.
She stands within a category of musician that has become increasingly scarce, the type whose musical magnificence and beauty resonates across generations and time. She does not so much sing to her audiences as she sings for them. Such is the responsibility of an artist who belongs to the people.
As a young woman, Staples found an immediate outlet for her music-based sense of morality in the non-violent campaigns of the American Civil Rights Movement. Half a century later, the men and women that marched with their own two feet to the tunes of songs sung by Staples and her peers are reimagining that dream for new times, new realities. In 2007, she released a collection of traditional civil rights songs, We’ll Never Turn Back.
While you may hear some of those songs at this Earshot Jazz performance, you will also greatly enjoy the tunes off her latest release You Are Not Alone. For this blues meets folk meets gospel recording, Staples teamed up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, a fellow Chicagoan who produced the album and co-wrote two of the songs. In a review of the recording, Rich Albertoni of The Paper wrote: “The title track marches forward to slow and steady acoustic guitar that supports its soothing, spiritual feel. Staples’ vocals feel rich and significant and, like all great blues and gospel, ready to beat back the trials and tribulations of everyday life.”