MAVIS STAPLES’ 80TH BIRTHDAY BASH @ THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

May 23rd, 2019 | Photos

Photos by Stephanie Port

“Am I having a birthday party or what?!” shouted R&B, soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples amid her 80th birthday (which is officially July 10th) celebration at Ace Theatre last evening. There was another cause for celebration–Staples’ 14th studio album We Get By which drops Friday.

Staples was joined by an impressive roster of musical friends, including Trombone Shorty, Jason Isbell, Phoebe Bridgers, Benjamin Booker, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Jerry Harrison, Joe Henry, Lucius, M. Ward, Son Little, and The War and Treaty to help celebrate. The show also featured a few surprise guests, namely Brandi Carlile, Ben Harper, and Grace Potter.

This was the third in a trio of shows celebrating Staples and her legacy. The first two took place at the Apollo Theatre in New York and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, all featuring different musical guests.

Happy Birthday Mavis!!