Acoustic Routes and The Ark Announce Benefit Concert with Rock, Blues and Gospel Legend Mavis Staples

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 08/12/2019 - 08:09
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Mavis Staples is coming to The Michigan Theater on Feb. 15, 2020.

Saline-based music promoter Acoustic Routes Concerts and The Ark announced today that Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, civil rights icon, GRAMMY® Award-winner and chart-topping soul, gospel and R&B pioneer Mavis Staples will headline the 11th annual benefit concert for The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s daily meal program in Ann Arbor.

The show will be Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 8 p.m. at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Tickets start at $45 and go on sale at 8 a.m. EDT on August 16 through Ticketmaster.

Staples has been an irresistible musical force for decades. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., performed at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and sang in Barack Obama’s White House. At a time when most artists begin to wind down, she is releasing some of her most important work, including three critically-acclaimed albums recorded with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and We Get By, her latest collaboration with multi-GRAMMY winner Ben Harper.

“I sing because I want to leave people feeling better than I found them,” Staples concludes. “I want them to walk away with a positive message in their hearts, feeling stronger than they felt before. I’m singing to myself for those same reasons, too.”

Staples’ performance will mark the 11th time Acoustic Routes and The Ark, Ann Arbor’s world-renowned folk and roots music club, have worked together to raise money for the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, which has served a free meal to anyone in need every day without fail since the summer of 1982. 

“The Breakfast started as way to help people get through a deep recession more than 30 years ago, but the need never went away,” said Jim Cain, the founder of Acoustic Routes Concerts and a volunteer at the Breakfast Program. “I can’t thank Mavis Staples enough for sharing her talent and supporting the work of the Breakfast Program.”

All profits from the concert benefit the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, which is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit hosted by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St., Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104.

Acoustic Routes also hosts monthly concerts at Stony Lake Brewing in Saline.  Upcoming shows include singer-songwriter Amy Petty with Adam Plomaritas on Sept. 21 and Delta blues and slide guitar master Luke Winslow-King on Oct. 19.  For more information, visit Acoustic Routes on Facebook.   

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