Nov. Mavis Staples Birthday/Tribute Concert Expands


Joining the previously announced Gregg Allman, Ryan Bingham, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller, Aaron Neville, Widespread Panic, Grace Potter and Marty Stuart will be Joan Osborne, Keb’ Mo’, Emmylou Harris and Jeff & Spencer Tweedy.

Mark your calendars for November 19 and start booking those flights to Chicago: that’s when I’LL TAKE YOU THERE – CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MAVIS STAPLES will go down. The concert will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL, and will feature collaborations by artists paying tribute to Mavis Staples’ music. The lineup includes the above mentioned artists, and Staples will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night. Additional performers will be announced soon, too.

Don Was will serve as music director, leading an all-star band backing band, while Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the concert event. Was and Wortman’s recent work together includes concert events honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, amongst others.

“There isn’t anyone Mavis doesn’t touch on a deep level,” said Was. “Not just musicians, but humans everywhere. She is truly one of the most powerful and inspiring American singers of all time.” Wortman continued, “We are privileged to produce a show of this magnitude that honors the music, love, and light that Mavis has brought to all of us throughout her career and lifetime.”

Below, check out some smokin’ live footage of Staples…

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