Venue: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Tickets start at $49.00
Mavis Staples will go down in history as one of the greatest gospel singers of all time, the breathtaking voice powering one of America's great family bands, The Staple Singers. 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.
Mavis Staples’ latest release, Livin’ on a High Note, released February 2016, features songs written especially for her by a diverse range of artists, including Nick Cave, Ben Harper, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Neko Case, M. Ward, Tune-Yards and Son Little. Coinciding with the release of the new album is the HBO documentary, Mavis!, that traces Staples' career and that of her family's.
Staples is a recent Kennedy Center Honoree, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”
An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter arrives at Segerstrom Center in support of his newest release, Take Me to the Alley, the much-anticipated follow up to his million-selling, Grammy®-winning 2013 release, Liquid Spirit.
In his remarkable career, Porter has earned a reputation as a superb and engaging performer, equally at home in Jazz, soul, and gospel. The smash success of Liquid Spirit, which followed the critically acclaimed and Grammy®-nominated albums Water (2010) and Be Good (2012) quickly grew into a global phenomenon, becoming the most streamed jazz album of all time and prompting ESQUIRE to declare him “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer.”
For the new album, Porter again teamed with producer Kamau Kenyatta and his longtime band to craft a collection of stirring originals that juxtapose the personal and political and showcase his voice, which according to NPR music, “can overpower, manhandle, envelop and soothe, all at once.”
Running time (approximate):
2 hours and 50 minutes