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On Thursday, April 18, 2024, a star-studded birthday celebration will occur at Los Angeles’ YouTube Theatre in honor of Mavis Staples’ 85th year. The impending gathering will be led by musical director Don Was and includes a distinguished slate of talent, with more to be announced prior to the special event. 

Featured in the initial artist lineup or the celebratory occasion honoring one of music’s greatest voices are Black Pumas, Chris Stapleton, Grace Potter, Hozier, Jackson Browne, Jeff Tweedy, Keb’ Mo’, Michael McDonald, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal and The War And Treaty. 

Commenting on the event, Mavis Staples said via a press release, “At the end of last year, I was talking about retiring. But after sitting with it for a while, I stopped myself and thought, ‘Well, what would I do?’ I asked the Lord, ‘Why am I still here? What do you want of me? Have you kept me around for a reason?’ And the only reason I could see is to sing my songs. That’s why I’m still here, and I’m looking forward to this show with my friends singing my songs, too!”

Blackbird Presents CEO and Chief Creative Officer Keith Wortman added his own sentiment on the forthcoming gathering, “Producing this show is the honor of my life, as we all come together to celebrate a woman whom has given so much to so many over the years through her actions, her music, and her magic.”

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, February 16, 2024, at 10 a.m. P.T., at

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