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Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

Friday, April 23, 2010 7:30 PM

Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America Louis Armstrong Legacy Series Jazz

Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples is one of the most recognizable and treasured voices in contemporary music. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

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One show only! Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll," both with The Staple Singers and on her own, is responsible for blazing a rhythm and blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots. She performs works from her release Hope at The Hideout, a live album recorded in June 2008 during a performance at The Hideout, Chicago's renowned stronghold of alt country and purist rock and roll. "While performing a 14-song set that canvassed her 52-year career, Staples sang with a voice that has long distinguished her from the R&B greats of her era and those who reach for that crown today" (The Chicago Tribune). Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.