FORT WAYNE—Legendary gospel/soul pioneer Mavis Staples is scheduled to bring her own special brand of music to the Summit City at 8 p.m., Aug. 23, at the Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd.
From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s as a member of The Staples Singers, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the Stax era with a series of soul anthems like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” Staples has continued to make her mark on the music world.
Her music and the music she created with her family, the Staples Singers—including the legendary patriarch Roebuck “Pop” Staples—not only has been a popular favorite, it also has continued to be infused with spirituality and messages of human justice. Pops Staples’ close friendship with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. place the family in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, earning the Staple Singers’ music the title of the “soundtrack of the movement.” While maintaining her roots, her music remains fresh, touching new generations.
In 2010, Staples collaborated with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame to produce “You Are Not Alone,” Staples’ 13th studio record. The album won a Grammy Award for Best American Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
On her second album collaboration with Tweedy, Staples continues her five-decade long career ascent that should by now surprise no one.
The Aug. 23 concert featuring Mavis Staples, with guests Chris Ford and the Fort Wayne Community Choir, is sponsored by PBS39 WFWI and 89.1 WBOI NPR News and Diverse Music.
For more information, call including tickets, call (260) 427-6000. Or visit www.mavisstaples.com