Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Mavis Staples to Celebrate 80th Birthday with Shows in New York, L.A., Nashville

Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples

*Music icon Mavis Staples will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 10 and she’s kicking off the milestone with a trio of shows May 9 in New York.

The gospel legend will be joined by a selection of musical guests each night of the “Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples” concert event.

Presented by Newport Folk, the shows are set for May 9th at New York’s Apollo Theater, May 15th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and May 22nd at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Proceeds from concerts will go directly toward extending the Newport Festivals Foundation’s support of music education programs in the those three cities, per Rolling Stone.

Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples
Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples

Musical guests will soon be announced, the report states.

“I must be the happiest girl in the world,” Staples says in a statement. “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.”

Last Friday, Staples released “Live in London,” a collection of performances that Staples recorded since signing with ANTI- Records in 2007.

She’s also set to perform at the Luck Reunion in March along with Willie Nelson and Steve Earle. 

Mavis Staples 2019 tour dates:

February 21st – Paducah, KY @ Clemens Fine Arts Center

February 22nd – Robinsonville, MS @ Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino

February 24th – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino Hotel w/ Buddy Guy

March 14th – Luck, TX @ Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson’s Ranch

March 22nd – Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara Hall

March 29th – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Resort & Casino

April 13th – Decatur, GA @ Amplify Decatur Music Festival

April18th – April 21st @ Byron Bay, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest

April 23rd – Auckland, New Zealand @ The Civic w/ Tami Neilson

May 2nd – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 9th – New York, NY @ Apollo Theater (“Mavis & Friends” w/special guests)

May 15th – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (“Mavis & Friends” w/special guests)

May 22nd – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel (“Mavis & Friends” w/special guests)

May 31st – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Music Festival

June 23nd – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre

June 25th – Norrmalm, Sweden @ Nalen

June 27th – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Theater Carré

July 16th  – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater with Norah Jones

August 3rd – Lagrange, GA @ Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park

September 6th – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/ Brandi Carlile

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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