(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers,” Mavis Staples will rock the house at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. with R&B, pop and gospel hits from across her legendary career. Mavis Staples has graced stages worldwide for more than 60 years, and now, at age 75, the soul-singing icon still has audiences dancing in the aisles.
An unexpected innovator, Staples has recently become known for fresh, boundary-breaking collaborations with artists across a variety of genres. On One True Vine, her latest GRAMMY-nominated studio album (her 14th), she partners with Jeff Tweedy, frontman of the popular indie band Wilco, to create a beautiful new rendition of Funkadelic’s hit, “Can You Get To That.” This is the second album on which Staples and Tweedy have collaborated; the first being GRAMMY Award-winning You Are Not Alone in 2010.
Staples will perform new music as well as the gospel and R&B hits that made her a household name.
Staples’ made her musical debut as a member of her family’s musical group, The Staple Singers, known for their hit singles “I’ll Take You There” and Billboard #1 “Let’s Do It Again.” A close family friend of political activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan, Staples gave soulful voice to the equality movement of the 1960s with her siblings as The Staple Singers, belting “message” songs like “Long Walk to D.C.” and “Respect Yourself.”
The songstress recently celebrated her 75th birthday with a special concert, I’ll Take You There – Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples, held in her honor in her hometown of Chicago on Nov. 19, 2014. The star-studded show featured performances by fellow musicians and friends, from Gregg Allman and Bonnie Raitt to Widespread Panic and Grace Potter.
But even at the age of 75, Staples is nowhere near slowing down.
“This prolific artist could be resting on her laurels at this point in her career, but she’s making new music!” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “She never stops creating and inventing, and that’s inspiring.”
Mavis Staples is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets, can be purchased at www.HarbisonTheatre.org.
Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.
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About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, two-year, public college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest higher education provider in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC offers an excellent education at an excellent value. Serving approximately 18,000 academic credit students and 15,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students annually, MTC equips students with the tools they need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern work world. Learn more at midlandstech.edu.