Newport Folk Festival is pleased to present three celebratory shows commemorating the 80th birthday of Mavis Staples. The shows will take place this May at New York City’s Apollo Theater, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Los Angeles’ Theatre at The Ace Hotel. Called ‘Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples’, the trio of shows will feature Mavis and special guests each night.
“I must be the happiest girl in the world,” said Staples, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honoree. “After all this time, I still do what I love … 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.”
Proceeds from the Mavis & Friends shows will go directly towards extending the Newport Festivals Foundation’s support of music education programs in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. In the last year, Newport Festivals Foundation has teamed up with festival artists to provide funding to the following programs in NY, Nashville, and LA: