The Statler is thrilled to host another musical legend in the historic Statler Ballroom! The Jackson 5, Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others performed at The Statler when it originally opened in 1956. Now in 2018, we are honored for Mavis Staples to grace The Statler stage during our inaugural re-opening year. Opening the show is one of our favorites from right here in Dallas, the always brilliant and stunning Sarah Jaffe. This will be an incredible night at The Statler and one you won't forget!
Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road. Mavis has been crowned with many prestigious awards over her lifetime and recognized for her recordings and performances with her family's band The Staple Singers and her solo career.
Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2005, Mavis and the Staple Singers were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, Staples won her first Grammy award in the category for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone.
“At 79, Staples has never sounded more contemporary.” – Associated Press
“Mavis Staples is a hit-maker, a civil rights activist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a true believer in her God, in this country and in the power of good over evil. If we need a voice to listen to right now—to educate us, to comfort us, to spur us into action—it’s hard to think of a better one than hers.” - Paste
"Staples’s voice has a strength and endurance not heard in years.” - The New Yorker
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WATCH MAVIS PERFORM "ILL TAKE YOU THERE" AT THE WHITE HOUSE
WATCH MAVIS ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
WATCH MAVIS PERFORM 'THE WEIGHT' WITH JOOLS HOLLAND'S 25TH ANNUAL HOOTENANNY ON BBC
WATCH MAVIS' 'I LIKE THE THINGS ABOUT ME' FT. JEFF TWEEDY OF WILCO
At the beginning of her eighth decade of singing truth, Mavis Staples has delivered If All I Was Was Black (ANTI- Records), ten songs about America today, where the present is filled with ghosts of the past. "Nothing has changed," Mavis said in early August, just days before the world watched neo-Nazis march with swastika flags in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a young woman was murdered. "We are still in it."
If All I Was Was Black represents Mavis' third collaboration with songwriter and producer (and Wilco frontman) Jeff Tweedy. Their first partnership in 2010, You Are Not Alone, won a Grammy Award for Best Americana album. Their second effort together, One True Vine, was a Grammy nominee. But If All I Was Was Black marks the first time Tweedy has composed an entire album of original songs for Mavis' legendary voice and a nation she's uniquely poised to address.
SARAH JAFFE is set to embark on the next chapter of a career a decade in the making with her 2017 release Bad Baby. An exercise in collaboration and artistic confrontation, Bad Baby’s origin story is rooted in willed, hard won conception. Bad Baby took time and it took work, like all good things.
Behind the mic on Jimmy Kimmel Live! or supporting such celebrated artists as Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, Chelsea Wolfe, Midlake and Metric; on international stages and in front of faithful Texas crowds — Jaffe would start to make the connections that bring us to her most recent evolution.
An important point of connection and a clear line to the venturesome tone of Bad Baby leads directly to Jaffe’s collaborative project The Dividends. The Dividends, the pairing of Jaffe with S1, a Grammy Award-winning producer known for his work with Jay Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West, saw her stepping outside of her comfort zone to satisfying new ends. Describing their meeting Jaffe recalls, “We bonded immediately. I met S1 while working with Erykah Badu's band The Cannabinoids on a remix. He asked me if I wanted to write some hip hop hooks together and Eminem ended up picking up one of our tracks six months later.”
The bug for collaboration didn’t stop there and Jaffe has also gone on to score film projects with Pixar and Oculus.
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