Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne: Solid Soul in the Northeast Kingdom

Staff Writer

KCP Presents Performing Arts Series will bring legendary gospel and soul icon Mavis Staples and seven times Grammy-nominated pop and soul singer Joan Osborne to Lyndon Institute Auditorium on Wednesday, November 11. Showtime is 7:00 pm. A National Endowment for the Arts grant enables a base price of $15 to this rare, intimate show, and free admission to students ages 18 and under.
For six decades, Staples’ passionate, stupendous vocals have provided what amounts to a national soundtrack of soul, funk, and gospel songs that are simultaneously grounding and uplifting. As part of the family group The Staple Singers, Staples helped create the Delta-inflected gospel sound of the 1950’s and the civil rights era music of the 1960’s. She memorably wowed pop audiences in the Martin Scorsese film “The Last Waltz” and with 1970’s soul anthems such as “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There”.
The Solid Soul Tour is Staples’ first with Osborne, the soulful and widely celebrated performer who recently toured to great acclaim with Motown sidemen The Funk Brothers, and who dominated Top 40 radio with her hit song “One of Us”. American Songwriter calls Osborne’s voice, “a wonderfully expressive instrument, bringing emotional honesty, a.k.a. soul, to every performance”.
At her recent 75th birthday bash, Staples was recognized by a who’s who of today’s musicians for her extensive contributions to the full catalog of American musical genres. A documentary film was also made in celebration of her many achievements. “Mavis!” the documentary will be shown at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm and is open to the public, with free but limited seating. To reserve documentary tickets, call (802) 748-2600.
More information and tickets to the November 11 Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne: Solid Soul concert are available at the NEK Regional Box Office 802-757-5559 or online at The KCP Presents series is produced by Catamount Arts working in association with Kingdom County Productions and with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information contact Andrea Kane at