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2018 Kennedy Center Spring Gala Concert: An Evening with Mavis Staples and Special Guests

Sunday, May 6, 2018 8:00 PM

The legendary singer and 2016 Kennedy Center Honoree will lead you through her 60-plus year catalog of music with special guests Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, and Neko Case.

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2018 Spring Gala Concert
An Evening with Mavis Staples and Special Guests
Including Appearances by Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, and Neko Case

Also Honoring Recipients of the  
2018 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit:
Gary Sinise, Citizen Artist

Eli and Edythe Broad, Distinguished Philanthropists

Legendary singer and 2016 Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples will headline and curate a special evening for the 2018 Kennedy Center Spring Gala. An Evening with Mavis Staples and Special Guests will lead guests through her 60-plus year catalog of music—seminal works that have woven Staples into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk pop, R&B, blues, and rock. The evening will include performances by Staples and Grammy Award®–winners bluegrass/country singer Alison Krauss and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Hornsby, along with Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter Neko Case

The Gala will also feature the third annual presentation of the Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit, commemorating the seminal contributions made by President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to cultural life in the United States. The award recognizes recipients who have had an enduring impact on the advancement of arts and culture. The 2018 recipients will be Distinguished Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad for their commitment to making the arts accessible to as many people as possible, and Citizen Artist Gary Sinise for his work leading and founding the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Arts & Entertainment Outreach Program, which has many outreach programs dedicated to honoring America’s defenders and their loved ones.

Concert-only tickets for the 2018 Spring Gala will go on sale to Kennedy Center Members on March 6 and to the general public on March 7. Learn more about VIP Packages for the Special Event portion of the Spring Gala, including a private cocktail reception, dinner, and the 'Til Midnight Party following the show. 

More about Mavis Staples
Since her first recording in 1954 at the age of 13, Chicago-born Mavis Staples has learned from, worked with, and influenced countless legends—from Bob Dylan to Prince—and has brought her own timeless talent to every performance. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her father Pops and her siblings as The Staple Singers, to pop radio stardom during the Stax era with hits including “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” Staples has embraced her evolution. She has absorbed new sounds and ideas, rising to meet the challenges of longevity, and bringing her message of hope and positivity to new listeners show after show.

Watch and Listen

Watch Mavis Staples' Astounding Performance of Take Me to the River