Mavis Staples Stories

Chicago Blues Festival Proves Why It Remains The King [Photos / Recap]

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard GreenblattFrom living legends and dynamic dynasties to well-known national artists, the 35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival was jam-packed with talented acts.For the second straight year, Millennium Park was Ground Zero for the Windy Citys big blues blowout.While Chicagos spectacular skyline served as an impressive backdrop, music and kinship...

Festival Watch | Out Of Space

Festival Watch is a Tomorrows Verse feature where we break festival news into the facts you need to know.Out Of Space 6/21 8/26Renowned Evanston venue SPACE is celebrating its 10th year this summer, and will celebrate by hosting outdoor concerts throughout the summer. The performance will take place at Temperance Beer Company, Canal Shores golf...

Photos / Video / Setlist | Mavis Staples Brings Star Power To The Vic

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotWhile the snow came down on a Superbowl-Eve, the music heated up at a packed Vic Theatre for Mavis Staples' appearance in front of her hometown Chicago crowd.And the love was flowing both ways.Sliding through a fourteen song set that touched on a couple songs each from her recent Jeff...

Late Night Roundup | War On Drugs, Tune-Yards, Elvis Costello & More

1. The War On Drugs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe War On Drugs have really picked up steam after the release of their excellent new album, A Deeper Understanding, even landing a recent Grammy nomination for best rock album. The band stopped by Fallons show to perform their lead single, Pain, with a dense,...

On TV | Jeff Tweedy’s NPR Set Featuring A New Song

Last weekend, Jeff Tweedy performed a career-spanning solo set in Washington, DC as part of NPR Musics 10th anniversary celebration.The songwriter opened with a new song titled Bombs Above before breaking into Uncle Tupelos Weve Been Had, a Mavis Staple track and three Wilco songs, including A.M.s Passenger Side.The new song...

Friday Album Reviews | Seven New Records You Need To Know

As every Friday brings new music, Tomorrow's Verse brings you our top picks from the week. Here are our favorite records from 11/17.Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul Of A Woman [11/17]Soul Of A Woman is the final album from the late Sharon Jones, put together posthumously by The Dap-Kings. Like the rest of her...

Late Night Roundup | Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Mavis Staples & More

Watch some of Tomorrow's Verse's favorite artists hit the promotional late-night television circuit. 1. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertHaving recently released the collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice, songwriters Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile stopped by Colberts show to perform a couple songs. They played Over Everything with their...

Wilco Announces Touring Hiatus, New Jeff Tweedy-Produced Mavis Staples Album

While announcing a final batch of tour dates in Missouri and Minnesota, Wilco announced on social media that the band would be taking a break from touring in 2018.These will be the last Wilco shows of 2017 AND the band plan to take most, if not all, of 2018 off from the road, the band wrote on...

Dylan and Staples To Kickoff Concert Program At New Chicago Arena

Wintrust Arena, a 10,000-capacity venue, still unfinished, sits on the Near South Side as part of the McCormick Place Convention Center awaiting its grand unveiling this fall.  In addition to supplienting the already vast convention space in the complex, it will serve as a venue for DePaul Universitys basketball teams as well as...

Recap / Photos | Blues On The Fox 2017

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Michael LepekOn a beautiful, breezy June evening, a pair of powerhouse performers kicked off Auroras 21st Annual Blues on the Fox festival in fine fashion.Rising star Shemekia Copeland, along with the iconic Mavis Staples, treated the crowd to a satisfying mlange of music, which ran the gamut from blues and...