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John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA  90068
A lot of the great ones have already left us, which makes any chance to hear Mavis Staples in person a precious opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted. She is also that rare legendary performer who is still creating vital new music, as the 79-year-old vocalist recently proved again on her 2017 collaboration with producer/co-writer Jeff Tweedy, If All I Was Was Black. Her warm, knowing vocals recall the heyday of her family band The Staple Singers, as well as her later collaborations with Prince. But Staples and Tweedy’s lyrics decrying racism and advocating a sense of unity and community imbue these various R&B, gospel, pop and blues settings with a feeling of immediacy and relevance that goes beyond nostalgia. Blues acolytes The James Harman Band and Alex Nester also appear at tonight’s “Hollywood Blues Bash.”
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