Praise the Lord and purchase your tickets—Mavis Staples is coming to town!
The legendary lead voice of the Staple Singers, the group that provided the gospel soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and achieved crossover fame in the 1970s with hits including “I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself” and “Let’s Do It Again,” is the headliner for this year’s Greater Philadelphia Blues Fest.
On Oct. 18, Staples performs solo in the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Harrison Auditorium to wrap up the month-long festival. Also on the concert bill that night is local bluesman Georgie Bonds. The citywide festival benefits the Partnership CDC, which promotes homeownership and economic development in West Philadelphia.
MAVIS STAPLES: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in Harrison Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South St. Tickets $35. Tickets: Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 215-336-2000. Info: www.thegreaterphillybluesfest.com or The Partnership CDC, 215-662-1612.
Originally published on October 16, 2003