For the past six decades, American music icon Mavis Staples has been a beacon of spiritual fortitude for artists from Bob Dylan to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, whose third collaboration with Staples If All I Was Was Black was released to critical acclaim in 2017. Tonight, she brings us together with the power of her voice and a message of strength, perseverance, and love that is as vital today as it was when she and her family sang alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Grammy-winning producer and singer-songwriter Joe Henry, who has worked with Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, and many others, adds his poetic storytelling to this inspiring evening of song.
“A singer of remarkable power and expression.”– Rolling Stone on Mavis Staples
“An essential force.”– Drowned in Sound on Mavis Staples
“A songwriter of considerable accomplishment, a keen observer of human frailties able to capture subtle implications in distinctive phrasing.”– Independent (U.K.) on Joe Henry
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Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm Damrosch Park
Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.