Mavis Staples will celebrate her birthday a few months early with the prestigious Mavis Staples 85th: All Star Birthday Concert. The event, scheduled for April 18 at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles, will feature the gospel and soul singer herself, with additional appearances from Chris Stapleton, Grace Potter, Black Pumas, Hozier, Norah Jones, and more Again. (Staples turns 85 on July 10.)
“Late last year, I was talking about retiring,” Staples said in a statement. “But after sitting for a while, I stopped and thought, 'Well, what would I do?' I asked the Lord, “Why am I still here?” What do you want from me ? Did you keep me here for a reason? And the only reason I could see is to sing my songs. That's why I'm still here, and I can't wait to see this show with my friends singing my songs too!
Additional artists will be announced ahead of the event, but the announced list also includes Jackson Browne, Jeff Tweedy, Keb' Mo', Michael McDonald, Nathaniel Rateliff, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal and The War and Treaty. Don Was will serve as musical director and Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents, will serve as executive producer.
“Producing this show is the honor of my life, as we all come together to celebrate a woman who has given so much to so many over the years through her actions, her music and her magic,” Wortman said in a statement.
General sale for Mavis Staples 85th Birthday: All Star Birthday Concert begins Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.