Legendary singer and icon Mavis Staples will join forces with acclaimed singer-songwriter Patty Griffin in a monumental show at The Auditorium at The Douglass on Friday, May 8. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 26 at 10 a.m.
Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. She’s both a Blues and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a civil rights icon; a GRAMMY Award-winner; a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer; a National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient; and a Kennedy Center honoree. Staples has collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier. From her early days as part of the trailblazing family group, The Staples Singers, her voice is immediately recognized as one of the most soulful in the business.
Patty Griffin, who played to a sold-out house at The Auditorium in 2019, is returning by popular demand to the historic venue. Griffin is a GRAMMY winner and seven-time nominee, as well as having been honored as Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
Over the course of two decades, Griffin has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work still in progress that prompted the New York Times to hail her for “songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people…(her) songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”
In addition to her creative career, Griffin has also devoted considerable energy and focus toward the wellbeing of the planet as well as showing compassion for the less fortunate among us via personal and public acts of charity including helping to create the Lampedusa tours support the Jesuit Refugee Service.