Gregg Allman, Eric Church, Widespread Panic To Pay Tribute To Mavis Staples
For her 75th birthday, Mavis Staples is finally getting the tribute she deserves.
The gospel/R&B singer will be the focal point of a tribute show featuring Gregg Allman, Aaron Neville, Taj Mahal, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Michael McDonald, Grace Potter and others, the Associated Press reports. I'll Take You There - Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples will take place Nov. 19 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Tickets for the event go on sale this Monday (Sept. 29).
Staples rose to fame as part of her family group, The Staple Sisters, with their blend of gospel-infused civil rights era tunes. By the '70s, Staples had established herself as a solo act and has been a fixture in the soul and R&B community ever since. Her last two albums, 2010's You Are Not Alone and 2013's One True Vine, were produced by superfan Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame.
"I grew up loving Mavis Staples," Allman told Rolling Stone Country. "My brother and I used to listen to those Staple Singers records all the time growing up. Those records spoke to me like few others." Don Was, who will serve as the musical director for the star-studded tribute show, shared his affinity for Staples in a press release as well. "There isn't anyone Mavis doesn't touch on a deep level," Was said. "Not just musicians, but humans everywhere. She is truly one of the most powerful and inspiring American singers of all time."
Visit the event's official website for more information.