The GRAMMY Museum® Presents "An Evening With Mavis Staples"

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Soul and Gospel Legend Sits Down for Intimate Conversation and Performance

LOS ANGELES (July 2010) - On August 30, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum® will welcome American musical treasure Mavis Staples for an onstage interview and performance, it was announced today.

\"Mavis Staples is one of the most important singing voices to arise from the Civil Rights Movement, a true musical legend who transcends label or genre,\" said Executive Director Robert Santelli.  \"We at The GRAMMY Museum® are thrilled to welcome such an important figure in American music to our stage and to offer fans the opportunity to engage with her in such a personal and unprecedented way.\"

When The Staples Singers started their family group, they performed mainly in southern churches.  But after father and group-leader Roebuck \"Pops\" Staples saw Dr. Martin Luther King speak in 1963, the group decided to broaden their musical vision beyond just gospel songs.  Like many in the Civil Rights Movement, the singers drew on spirituality and the strength from the church to help gain social justice and attempt to achieve equal rights.  The Staples Singers became a major voice for the Movement, making a difference in America in a difficult and dangerous time.  As sister Mavis Staples gears up to release her triumphant new Jeff Tweedy-produced Anti- Records album, You Are Not Alone, on September 14, 2010, she says, \"There are still so many problems and social injustices in the world. Well, I tell you - we need a change now more than ever, and I'm turning to the church again for strength.\"

\"With this record, I hope to get across the same feeling, the same spirit and the same message as we did with the Staple Singers - and to hopefully continue to make positive changes. We've got to keep pushing to make the world a better place. Things are better but we're not where we need to be and we'll never turn back. 99 and 1/2 just won't do!\"

You Are Not Alone is Staples' second studio release for Anti-. It follows her 2007 critical triumph, We'll Never Turn Back, produced by Ry Cooder, which revisited the great songs of the civil rights era and prompted her hometown paper The Chicago Sun-Times to hail her as \"an American treasure.\" In 2008, Anti issued a rapturously received live album, Live: Hope at the Hideout, which was named one of the Best Live CDs of All Time by's editors and earned Staples her first GRAMMY® nomination as a solo artist.  Enjoying a major career resurgence, Staples has become a festival favorite in recent years. This summer, she will play Lollapalooza on August 6, and the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCa on August 14 with additional US and European tour dates to be announced soon.

Before an intimate audience of 200, hear Staples in conversation about her history-making career and newest work, including the much anticipated You Are Not Alone.  After the interview, Staples will take questions from the audience and perform a few songs, both new and old.

The GRAMMY Museum® launched its flagship public program, \"An Evening With,\" in January 2009 with music legend Brian Wilson and continued its success with critically-acclaimed recording artists Ringo Starr, Annie Lennox, Smokey Robinson, and others.  The Museum will host \"American Express Presents An Evening With John Mellencamp\" on Tuesday, August 17, 2010.  The program regularly features award-winning and cutting-edge musicians live and onstage.  Taking place in the Museum's state-of-the-art Clive Davis Theater, which screens exhibit-related films during regular Museum hours, the program provides guests unprecedented access to their favorite musicians. 

\"An Evening With Mavis Staples\" will take place at 8pm in the Clive Davis Theater, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum®.  Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20, go on sale Thursday, July 29, and can be purchased in-person at the Museum Box Office, through, or by calling 1.800.745.3000.  For more information, please visit

The GRAMMY Museum® is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

About The GRAMMY Museum®

Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum® features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum® can deliver.

American Express is the Premiere Partner of The GRAMMY Museum®.  For more information about American Express and music, visit

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