THE LEGENDARY MAVIS STAPLES SUPPORTED BY TAMI NEILSON
April 23 2019
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples doesn't just sing about freedom and equality. She and her Staple Singers family marched the march with Dr Martin Luther King from Selma to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1965.
Legendary singer Mavis Staples -- the embodiment of everything that’s good in the world right now -- will return to New Zealand in April 2019 in a special one-off concert featuring our own treasure, Tami Neilson, in support.
Having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles, from gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the past 60 years, Mavis has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road.
She continues to thrill and inspire audiences around the world, with fans describing her performances as “stunning and moving”.
Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis has been in the company of countless legends. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her family as The Staple Singers, to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, to pop stardom during the Stax era with hits “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” to The Last Waltz, to serving as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince, to collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson, her GRAMMY®-winning partnership with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and most recently with Hozier on his latest song Nina Cried Power.
Get tickets to this very special, one-off occasion on Tuesday, 23 April at the Civic Theatre in Auckland HERE.