Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne will tour together this fall on Solid Soul and will perform on Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m., at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay.
Two of the great living vocalists in American music, they are expected to play their own sets and also duet as part of the show’s finale. Tickets are $22.50 to $45 and can be purchased at SMDCAC.org or by calling the Box Office at 786-573-5300.
Soul/gospel icon, Grammy Award-winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples already has had a busy 2015 as she is the subject of a full-length documentary, Mavis!, ANTI- released her new EP, Your Good Fortune, and she co-produced, with Jeff Tweedy of WILCO, Pops Staples’ last album Don’t Lose This (ANTI-). She has appeared on The Daily Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, Newport Folk Festival, NPR’s All Things Considered, In Performance at the White House, the Kennedy Center Honors, and CBS Sunday Morning. Her most recent two full-length albums have been produced by Tweedy.
Seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne, a Kentucky native, has earned a reputation as both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Since her smash hit triple Platinumcertified album, Relish, Joan has sung soul music as part of the Grammy Award-winning documentary, Standing In The Shadows of Motown, with Motown Records’ Funk Brothers. She also has recorded three albums of soul music in How Sweet It Is (called “potent” by All Music Guide), Breakfast in Bed, and her 2012 album, Bring It On Home, which included interpretations of I Don’t Need No Doctor and Champagne and Wine, among others, earning a Blues Album Grammy nomination.
“Joan is such a loving soul sister; she spreads light and joy with every note. I am so grateful to have had her as a friend over the years, and we are going to have big fun on the road this fall,” Staples said.
Osborne added, “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining my musical hero Mavis Staples on tour this fall. To sing with her every night will be an honor and a great privilege. I don’t know what I did in a past life to deserve this, but I cannot wait to get on that tour bus with Mavis.”
The warm embrace of Staples’ voice is the constant from the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the Stax era with a series of soul anthems, from I’ll Take You There to Respect Yourself, and into a new era of Americana and soul sounds in the 21st Century.
Osborne’s talents have put her into a wide variety of artistic contexts, in which she’s excelled. She joined forces with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead when they regrouped to tour in 2003 as The Dead and produced two albums for the great blues trio the Holmes Brothers. She’s shared stages with a wide range of performers, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, and Taj Mahal. Recently, Osborne has toured and recorded as a member of Trigger Hippy, which also includes rising Americana star Jackie Greene and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman.
Osborne’s latest album, last year’s Love and Hate features contributions from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and backup vocals by Gail Ann Dorsey, Catherine Russell and Amy Helm in addition to producer Jack Petruzzelli’s (Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright) stellar guitar work.
More information about the South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center and its programs can be found at www.smdcac.org.