A celebration of Mavis Staples

A once-in-a-lifetime music event recorded at Chicago’s famous Auditorium Theatre in 2014 for the iconic singer's 75th birthday.

  • Fred Vigeant
Watch Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There: An All Star Celebration  Tuesday, June 8 at 10pm on WITF. You can stream WITF TV live on our website and through the PBS Video app on Roku, Apple TV and iPhone and Android smartphones. The program is also available on-demand through the PBS Video app.

 

 

Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There: An All Star Celebration is a star-studded concert event features some of music’s biggest acts – spanning multiple generations and genres – as they celebrate the 75th birthday of the Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and civil rights icon.

Known for her work in the Staple Singers as well as her solo singing career, Staples’ soulful songs of justice and equality have served as some of the most inspirational music of the civil rights movement, inspiring countless other artists and activists.

Now, in this once-in-a-lifetime music event recorded at Chicago’s famous Auditorium Theatre in 2014, artist friends come together to sing some of Staples’ best-known songs and celebrate a career that has spanned more than six decades. Guest stars include Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, and of course Mavis Staples herself.

From “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” to “The Weight” and “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” the concert setlist is filled with classics that are given a new spin as the guest musicians add their vocal stylings. The program also includes exclusive interviews with many

Enjoy Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There: An All Star Celebration Tuesday June 8 at 10pm and Saturday June 12 at 8pm on WITF.  You can stream WITF TV for free through the PBS Video app.

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