Mavis Staples | Zoo Fest 2019
July 20 @ 10:00 pm
We are more than excited to announce the Zoo Fest 2019 Headliner, Mavis Staples!!! Don’t miss this chance to catch Mavis Staples outside the Zoo Bar Saturday July 20 at 9p!
“IT JUST AIN’T NO STOPPING ME, IS IT?”
WITH THOSE DEFIANT, TRIUMPHANT WORDS, MAVIS STAPLES LAUNCHES INTO “REACH OUT TOUCH A HAND,” THE JOYOUS FINAL TRACK ON HER NEW ALBUM, LIVE IN LONDON. THE RECORDING CAPS A REMARKABLE CHAPTER IN STAPLES’ LEGENDARY CAREER—A DECADE THAT HAS SEEN HER REACH NEW CREATIVE HEIGHTS AND WIN EVER-GREATER ACCLAIM, EVEN AS SHE IS NOW COUNTING DOWN THE MONTHS TO HER 80TH BIRTHDAY.
“It’s kind of unbelievable to me that I’m still recording,” says the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honoree. “I never thought I would still be singing at my age, and people seem to really want to hear me, they know me, they give me love—I’m just overwhelmed, really. I thank God every night before I go to bed and then again every morning for waking up.”
Recorded at London’s Union Chapel (which she calls “the best place in the world to sing”) and produced by Staples herself, the live album reveals that the singer retains astonishing power after seventy years as a performer, and that while her repertoire continues to expand, her philosophy is unchanged since her days in the groundbreaking family group, the Staple Singers.
“It’s still the same message,” she says. “I’m still trying to bring us together and make the world a better place through songs. We need one another more than ever now—things ain’t no better now that when I started seventy years ago.” Her sense of compassion and justice shoots through these performances, offering a voice of resistance that is more necessary than ever during these troubled times. “No Time for Cryin’ “ not only connects the timeless gospel image of “motherless children” to the modern-day refugee crisis, it also calls for action, just as Pops Staples and his children did during the Civil Rights movement.