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The Voice: A Symposium on Mavis Staples

Tomorrow night at Playhouse Square, the Rock Hall will honor inductee Mavis Staples at a special concert and awards ceremony. Tonight at 6:30 at CWRU's Tinkham Veale University Center, several significant authors will be on hand to discuss her influence. Mark Burford will discuss Staples' connection/influence with gospel, including fellow inductee Mahalia Jackson. Rob Bowman will discuss the history and details of Staples' (and the Staples Singers) recording career. Maureen Mahon will talk about the themes around cultural context and popular music during Staples' career, especially in relation to civil rights. Jessica Edwards will discuss Staples as a person and performer. Admission is free, but you must RSVP through the Rock Hall website. (Niesel)

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