MAVIS STAPLES

with special guest The Family Stone

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $45/$40/$35

Friday, September 9 at 8 p.m.

Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising to meet every road.

Now in her seventh decade, with the release of her new album Livin’ on a High Note (ANTI-), she is only gaining momentum. Produced by M. Ward with songs by Neko Case, Justin Vernon, Nick Cave, Ben Harper, Tune-Yards, Aloe Blacc and others, the album is a summation and continuation of her illustrious career.

There is no persona; she is, simply and untouchably, Mavis—and Livin’ on a High Note is the symphony of her life.

“I think about this album as a new beginning in my career. I’m living on a high note. I’m floating on air. I know I don’t have as much time on this Earth as I’ve already had, but I see it as saying, ‘Mavis has been here, y’all.’ Before I move on, I just want to leave some Mavis with you that you’re not used to hearing. I want to leave you with some joy and love, and some don’t-forget-me songs.”

Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis Staples has learned from, worked with, and schooled countless legends. Mavis helped create the Delta-inflected gospel sound in the 1950s as part of The Staple Singers with her father, Pops, and her brother and sisters. She continued her artistry with freedom songs of the Civil Rights era and pop-radio stardom with hits “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” She has been muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince at the peak of their careers, and her 21st century collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson have recently culminated in her GRAMMY®-winning partnership with fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy. 

The Family Stone boasts original founding members, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and R&B Pioneer-Award Winners, Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson, and Greg Errico—bringing you the hits of Sly & The Family Stone, the first interracial, inter-gender band in rock & roll history.

The Family Stone also features the powerful vocals of Alex Davis and Nadia, coming together with some of the funkiest players of all time; Nate Wingfield on guitar and Musical Director, Blaise Sison on bass. Combined, they bring messages of peace, love and social consciousness through the musical harmony of their classic hits like: "I Want to Take You Higher," “Everyday People," “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," "Dance To The Music," "Hot Fun In The Summertime," "Family Affair," "Sing a Simple Song" and more—spreading the roots of funk that is The Family Stone.

“The Family Stone could not of been a better choice….They had every person in the crowd on their feet dancing until the end.” –Sara Sheldon, Triangle Talent