Mavis Staples is one of the greatest rhythm & blues and gospel singers of all time. From the traditional gospel music of the 1950s to the 1960s protest songs that underscored some of the decade’s most dramatic social changes, from the self-empowerment anthems of the 1970s to the soulful love tunes and mature Americana of more recent years, Staples and her family have consistently created some of the best and most inspirational music of the past half-century.
Opener: Stephanie Anne Johnson
A singer’s talent is complete when she can bring a crowded dive bar to a collective hush and also get one of the biggest audiences on the planet to a collective standing ovation. Stephanie Anne Johnson is that special singer. The frontwoman for Tacoma-based band The Hidogs can don a cowboy hat and sing over a slide as old-timers weep. Johnson has wowed judges on NBC’s The Voice, with a prowess that exudes whether she’s singing the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” to a packed auditorium, or cooing acoustic lullabies to Saturday night tavern regulars. Her music, rooted in all that’s American, expresses the pain of the past, the roots of the down-home and the hope that hard work will lead to proper reward.
Sponsored by Mike & Leslie Foley
Please note: There may be points in this performance that the audience will be standing, participating and dancing.
Please note: This performance will be CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) captioned for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Please reserve an iPad in advance or the day of the performance at the ECA Box Office. iPads are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
CART captioning is made possible thanks to the generous support of Jo Drake, Lindsay Geyer & Jon Inge, Louise Stanton-Masten