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Mavis Staples, The Relatives, & ‘Family Day’ @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors (pics)

by Jacob Blickenstaff

The Relatives @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
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As any hard-living soul singer and Rebecca Black can tell you, after Saturday Night comes Sunday morning. Following the all-day Girl Group Extravaganza at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, it was time to take in some Family Day programming and Goin’ to Church music. The afternoon program in Hearst Plaza on July 30th featured the Stax Music Academy and Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teens choir. The Stax Academy tore through complex Jackson 5 songs and Stax-era staples, teaching the audience to dance the ‘Funky Chicken’ with delight. As for the Gospel For Teens Choir, you’ll just have to check out the pics(below) to believe it. Family day did not equal ‘kiddie music’ by any means. Both the Stax and GFT groups displayed mature artistry via talent and determination.

The evening program featured recently rediscovered psych-funk gospel group The Relatives (who were a highlight of last year’s Ponderosa Stomp) and headliner Mavis Staples who performed, one day after she appeared at Newport Folk Fest, a lengthy and thoroughly satisfying set which included a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘This Is My Country’. Amen.

More pictures from Lincoln Center Out of Doors Sunday (day and night), below…

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with Vaneese Thomas, Rufus Thomas’ Daughter

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Kirk Whalum, Soulsville Foundation President and CEO

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Vy Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens

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