Edmonds Center for the Arts
7:30pm to 9:30pm
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.
Please note: There may be points in this performance that the audience will be standing, participating and dancing.
Opener: Stephanie Anne Johnson
A singer’s talent is complete when they 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 front person 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 they are singing the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” to a packed auditorium, or cooing acoustic lullabies to Saturday night tavern regulars. Their 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