Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 8:00pm
Lipinsky Auditorium

2011 Grammy winner

Born to sing, Mavis Staples began her on-stage career in the 1950s as a member of her family’s group, “The Staple Singers.” With her father’s connection to Martin Luther King, Jr., the Staple Singers became spiritual and musical voices of the Civil Rights Movement, and in the ’70s reached the top of the Billboard charts with “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” Mavis began her solo career in the late ’60s with a voice that captured the strength and spirit of R&B, Soul and Gospel. She was named one of the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone and one of the 100 greatest women of Rock and Roll by VH1. Staples is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and in 2011 she won the Grammy for Best Americana Album with “You Are Not Alone.”

“That just made my hair stand up, listening to that. I mean, that just seemed like, ‘That’s the way the world is.’ ” —Bob Dylan, after hearing Mavis Staples sing for the first time

“One of the last surviving true soul artists.” —Bil Carpenter, author of the gospel music encyclopedia “Uncloudy Days”

$5 UNC Asheville students (limit one per OneCard)
$7 All area students (limit one; valid student I.D. required)
$20 UNC Asheville faculty/staff/alumni/NCCCR/WCU (limit one per OneCard)
$35 General public

Tickets go on sale March 13.  Click for more info about tickets.

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