Mavis Staples Announces Trio of 80th Birthday Shows, New Album ‘Live in London’ Out Now



“Sounds as gutsy and gravelly as ever … pushing 80,
she seems unstoppable” – American Songwriter

“Staples offers up inspiration, passion, and the raw, gravelly vocals that have placed her in the pantheon of all-time great singers and interpreters.” – No Depression

Mavis Staples is thrilled to announce three celebratory shows commemorating her 80th birthday this year. Presented by Newport Folk, the shows will take place this May at New York City’s Apollo Theater, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Los Angeles’s Theatre at Ace Hotel. Called ‘Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples’, the trio of shows will feature Mavis and special guests each night. Proceeds from the Mavis & Friends shows will go directly towards extending the Newport Festivals Foundation’s support of music education programs in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles.

“I must be the happiest girl in the world,” said Staples, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honoree. “After all this time, I still do what I love … I never thought I would still be singing at my age, and people seem to really want to hear me, they know me, they give me love—I’m just overwhelmed, really. I thank God every night before I go to bed and then again every morning for waking up.”

Staples will also be honored on March 14 at the Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson’s Ranch, which takes place in Luck, Texas every year during SXSW. This year’s Luck Reunion will feature a female–dominated stage headlined by Staples. The stage’s other female acts include Mountain Man, Courtney Marie Andrews, Haley Heyndrickx, Angie McMahon, Yola, Brandy Zdan, and Sunny War. Throughout the day, each performer will honor Staples’ outstanding legacy by putting their unique spin on one of her songs as part of their set.

In addition to her upcoming performances, Mavis released her new live album ‘Live in London’ this past Friday, February 8. The focus of this collection is material Staples has recorded since signing with ANTI- Records in 2007, including songs that were written for her by iconoclastic artists like Nick Cave, Neko Case, Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards) and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Recorded over two nights at London’s Union Chapel (which she calls “the best place in the world to sing”) and produced by Staples herself, Live in London reveals that the singer retains astonishing power after seventy years as a performer. While her repertoire continues to expand, her philosophy is unchanged since her days in the groundbreaking family group the Staple Singers. Watch her perform the Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” at Union Chapel HERE.

Mavis Staples is one of our few remaining links to an extraordinary time when the gospel tradition and the fight for social justice were deeply entwined. As Live in London demonstrates, Staples continues to fight the fight—and to rock the house.

2/21 – Paducah, KY – Clemens Fine Arts Center
2/22 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino
2/24 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel w/ Buddy Guy
3/14 – Luck, TX – Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson’s Ranch
3/22 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
3/29 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Resort & Casino
4/13 – Decatur, GA – Amplify Decatur Music Festival
4/18 – 4/21 – Byron Bay, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/23 – Auckland, New Zealand – The Civic w/ Tami Neilson
5/2 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/9 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater
5/15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
5/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
5/31 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Music Festival
6/23 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
6/25 – Norrmalm, Sweden – Nalen
6/27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Theater Carré
7/16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater with Norah Jones
8/3 – Lagrange, GA – Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park
9/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/ Brandi Carlile