Thursday, August 1, 2019

Rock Hall to Honor Mavis Staples in September at New Honors Award Series

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 11:09 AM

  • Courtesy of the Rock Hall
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has just announced it’ll honor soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples in September as part of its new Rock Hall Honors award. The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at the State Theatre.

“Mavis is one of the greatest singers of all time and her signature voice has crossed musical boundaries from gospel to soul and Americana and all points between. The impact of her work is reflected by the power of music in our lives, which is what Rock Hall Honors is about,” says Greg Harris, CEO and President, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in a press release.

Staples says she’s “thrilled” to participate in the new program.

“When my family, the Staple Singers, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was exciting for the whole family,” she says. “For me to now come back on my own as a solo artist to receive this honor is just beyond belief and I know my father, Pops Staples, would be so proud. I am thrilled that they would think to honor me with this, and I can't wait for the event in September.”

The singer will deliver “a full set of her hits as well as recent releases,” and additional celebrity guests will join her.

A keynote and panel discussion celebrating Mavis’ musical and cultural impact will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Case Western Reserve University.

Rock Hall Honors replaces the the longstanding Music Masters series that began in 1996 with a show honoring Woody Guthrie and continued through 2016.

Tickets will go on sale to Rock Hall Members and Donors beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and to the general public at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. A limited number of premium seats and VIP packages will also be available (contact the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s development office at or at 216-515-1201 for details).

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