The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers for a special performance on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage. She will be accompanied by her sister and fellow Staple Singers member Yvonne Staples for a show rich in a range of gospel, soul, and rhythm and blues.
Tickets are $10 each and on sale now via phone through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Mavis Staples has been a veteran of the music scene for over 40 years and is a Lifetime Grammy Award winner, National Heritage Fellowship award winner, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and included on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll. The Staple Singers have been called “God’s greatest hitmakers.” Steeped in the music of the church, this singing family from Mississippi crossed into the pop mainstream without compromising their gospel roots. Fronted by patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the Staple Singers have left an imprint of soulful voices, social activism, religious conviction and danceable “message music” across the decades since the release of “Uncloudy Day” in 1956. The clan’s musical signatures have been Pops Staples’ gospel-based songwriting and bluesy guitar, Mavis’ rich, raspy vocals and the supple, ringing harmonies of Cleotha and Yvonne Staples. Yvonne will also be appearing at the Rock Hall show as part of Mavis’s band.
Staples will perform a number of songs from her 2007 album We’ll Never Turn Back, a collection that tells the story of the civil rights movement, from her own composition “My Own Eyes” to the gospel songs that sustained the movement, like “Eyes on the Prize,” “We Shall Not Be Moved,” and “Freedom Highway,” the latter a song made famous by the Staple Singers.
The concert is part of the Rock Hall’s Black History Month celebration. This year marks the Rock Hall’s 13th annual celebration and includes a month-long series of FREE public programs designed to give audiences a closer look into the groundbreaking Sepia magazine, in addition to the African-American artists portrayed throughout its pages. The months of events focus on musicians and record labels from the 1950s and 1960s, especially the blues artists and vocal groups that gave birth to rock and roll, the rhythm and blues of King Records in Cincinnati and Chess Records in Chicago, and the driving rhythms of New Orleans.
This month is presented in union with the Rock Hall’s newest exhibit, The Sepia Magazine Photo Archive - 1948-1983, which is now open in the Museum’s Circular Gallery. A complete schedule of events is listed at http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/sepia-magazine-during-black-history-month.