Mavis Staples @ the Bell House in January (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Mavis Staples

"Mavis Staples has no doubt about why the good Lord put her on this Earth.

"I was put here to sing," she said. "I was put here to spread the word. To bring ya'll a message. To inspire you. To motivate you. You know, that's what Mavis is about. That's my life."" [CBS News]

Mavis Staples is keeping busy. Currently on tour in Australia with the Blind Boys of Alabama (featuring Aaron Neville), she will perform at many festivals and special events betweeen now and the end of July. That includes the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA (May 22), Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Jacksonville, FL (May 29), Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY (June 4, one day after she plays with Levon Helm at his Midnight Ramble), Bonnaroo (June 12), Essence Music Festival in New Orleans (July 1), North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam (July 10), Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island (July 30), Lincoln Center Out of Doors in NYC (a free show on July 31st), and many more which are listed, along with a couple of clips from a recent CBS News interview, below...


Mavis Staples --- 2011 Tour Dates
Apr 26 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House *
Apr 28 Auckland, New Zealand Aotea Centre *
Apr 29 Wellington, New Zealand St. James Theatre *
May 14 Cleveland, OH Cleveland Convention Center
May 22 Dana Point, CA Doheny Blues Festival
May 27 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall With The Bo-Keys.
May 28 Helena, AR Arkansas Delta Family Gosp...
May 29 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Jun 03 Woodstock, NY Levon's Midnight Ramble
Jun 04 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam 7th annual 4-day music and camping festival.
Jun 05 Plymouth, NH The Flying Monkey *** NOTE: Rescheduled from 04/01. ***
Jun 12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo 10th annual 4-day music and camping festival.
Jun 14 Denver, CO Denver Botanic Gardens With Dr. John & the Lower 911 Band.
Jun 17 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphithea... With Buddy Guy.
Jun 19 Santa Barbara, CA Live Oak Music Festival
Jun 25 Laytonville, CA Kate Wolf Memorial Music F...
Jun 26 Monterey, CA Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Jun 29 Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheater With Taj Mahal.
Jul 01 New Orleans, LA Essence Music Festival
Jul 07 Imatra, Finland Imatra Big Band Festival
Jul 09 Gent, Belgium Gent Jazz Festival
Jul 10 Rotterdam, Netherlands North Sea Jazz Festival
Jul 30 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival
Jul 31 New York, NY Lincoln Center Out of Doors

* w/ With Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville.