*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.
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