Newport Folk Presents: Mavis & Friends in NYC, LA and Nashville

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:

New York

Little Kids Rock In honor of Sharon Jones

To train public school teachers and donates resources needed to run pop/rock-based music education classes in Brooklyn.

Beacon Advocates for Music In honor of Pete Seeger

To create folk guitar and choral workshops in which local folk artists come to Beacon High School to work with students in guitar and Chorus classes.


W.O. Smith Music School On behalf of Margo Price

Underwriting 100% of the expenses for W.O. Smith’s Camp BackBeat – a weeklong experience for students interested in forming bands and performing live.

The Nashville School of Traditional Country Music On behalf of Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle.

To underwrite a brand new class offering in 2019 to focus on bluegrass flat picking guitar styles, a la Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle.

The Quest Center On behalf of Todd Snider

Funding for music education programs for children living in rural, lower-income communities

Guitars for Vets  On behalf of the War and Treaty

To purchase 15 guitars and accessories for the Nashville chapter of Guitars for Vets which provides instructions and guitars for Veterans.

Los Angeles

The Harmony Project  on behalf of Lucius

To underwrite expenses for Harmony Project’s Leimert Park vocal/choir program – specifically the teacher’s salary and music supplies

Education Through Music LA on behalf of I’m With Her

Providing financial support to music programs for public schools in South Central, Los Angeles.

Visit here for tickets and information.


5/9 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater

5/15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

5/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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