Auditorium Theatre, Chicago: “I’ll Take You There” – Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples

Wednesday night I had the incredible privilege of attending “I’ll Take You There Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples” at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre.  It was an all-star tribute to Mavis Staples, whose music has crossed genres including, gospel, soul, blues, jazz, R&B, funk and rock. Quite the AMEN to a woman who has influenced so many!

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Ms. Staples is a native child of Chicago, so this musical celebration in her honor at Auditorium Theatre was all the more meaningful.  

 

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The star-studded line-up included Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Eric Church, Widespread Panic, EmmyLou Harris, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Grace Potter, Joan Osborne, Otis Clay, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller, Glen Hansard, Patty Griffin, Ryan Bingham, Jeff Tweedy, Spence Tweedy and Arcade Fire members, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

 

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The staging for this concert was colorful and elegant.  Mavis Staples looked gorgeous.  She sounded amazing.  She glided and strutted across the stage with abundant energy and ease for a woman who just turned 75th.  Brava!

The great Don Was served as musical director for the show. The house band included Tony Carpenter on percussion, Sonny Emory on drums, Don Was on bass guitar, as well as a great horn section and keyboard player.

Concert highlights for me included:

  • Mavis Staples and Aaron Neville performing “Respect Yourself”;
  • Gregg Allman’s rendition of “Have A Little Faith”,
  • EmmyLou Harris singing “Far Celestial Shore”;
  • Grace Potter’s rendition of “Grandma’s Hands”;
  • Taj Mahal’s version of “Wade in the Water”;
  • Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne singing “Slippery People”;
  • Widespread Panic singing “Hope in A Hopeless World” and “For What It’s Worth”;
  • Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and Spence Tweedy singing “You Are Not Alone:;
  • EmmyLou Harris, Grace Potter, Ryan Bingham and Patty Griffin singing “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”;
  • Mavis and Bonnie Raitt singing “Turn Me Round”;
  • Michael McDonald and The McCrary Sisters singing “Freedom Highway”;
  • Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”;
  • Mavis Staples singing “I’ll Take You There”
  • Joan Osborne’s version of “You’re Driving Me (to the Arms of a Stranger);
  • Mavis and the entire cast ending the show with “The Weight” 

Auditorium Theatre is celebrating 125 years in the diverse business of music, dance, theatre productions, Presidents’ speeches and much more.  Also, it has the absolute best acoustics of any venue in the Chicago.  Before attending last evening’s special tribute to Mavis Staples, I had the pleasure of seeing Steely Dan, author/humorist, David Sedaris and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater perform there over the last few years.  Other legendary artists such as Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, The Who, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder and Elton John have all graced this historic stage in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

Live musical performances have always been a part of my personal “holy trinity” and I did not want to miss this very special 75th birthday celebration for Mavis Staples.  It did not matter that I attend the show solo.  I was surrounded by thousands of other Mavis Staple fans, as well as the many other fans of the the phenomenal artists who took the stage to “sing” her praises. I had some nice conversations with people sitting on both sides of me at the performance.  I also shared some interesting concert and travel stories with other attendees in the main lobby during intermission over a cocktail.

I live just a few blocks from Auditorium Theatre but I would have traveled much further to see this once in a lifetime show.  The audience loved this show.  People were dancing in the aisles, on the stairs and in their seats.  Me included!

If you ever have opportunity to see a performance of any kind at Auditorium Theatre, I highly recommend that you do so.  The architects, Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, created this magnificent architectural structure in 1889.  It is adorned with 24-karat gold-leaf ceiling arches and beautiful mosaics on the walls and floore.  The building has been restored over the years and it will undergo another renovation in 2015. Donations are being accepted!  I have to say that this is my favorite piece of architecture in Chicago.  Even if you do not attend a show here, you can take a tour of the theatre.

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Wednesday night I had the incredible privilege of attending “I’ll Take You There Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples” at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre.  It was an all-star tribute to Mavis Staples, whose music has crossed genres including, gospel, soul, blues, jazz, R&B, funk and rock. Quite the AMEN to a woman who has influenced so many!

i'll_take_you_there

Ms. Staples is a native child of Chicago, so this musical celebration in her honor at Auditorium Theatre was all the more meaningful.  

 

i'll_take_you_there

 

i'll_take_you_there

 

i'll_take_you_there

The star-studded line-up included Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Eric Church, Widespread Panic, EmmyLou Harris, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Grace Potter, Joan Osborne, Otis Clay, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller, Glen Hansard, Patty Griffin, Ryan Bingham, Jeff Tweedy, Spence Tweedy and Arcade Fire members, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

 

i'll_take_you_there

 

The staging for this concert was colorful and elegant.  Mavis Staples looked gorgeous.  She sounded amazing.  She glided and strutted across the stage with abundant energy and ease for a woman who just turned 75th.  Brava!

The great Don Was served as musical director for the show. The house band included Tony Carpenter on percussion, Sonny Emory on drums, Don Was on bass guitar, as well as a great horn section and keyboard player.

Concert highlights for me included:

  • Mavis Staples and Aaron Neville performing “Respect Yourself”;
  • Gregg Allman’s rendition of “Have A Little Faith”,
  • EmmyLou Harris singing “Far Celestial Shore”;
  • Grace Potter’s rendition of “Grandma’s Hands”;
  • Taj Mahal’s version of “Wade in the Water”;
  • Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne singing “Slippery People”;
  • Widespread Panic singing “Hope in A Hopeless World” and “For What It’s Worth”;
  • Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and Spence Tweedy singing “You Are Not Alone:;
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    Wednesday night I had the incredible privilege of attending “I’ll Take You There Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples” at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre.  It was an all-star tribute to Mavis Staples, whose music has crossed genres including, gospel, soul, blues, jazz, R&B, funk and rock. Quite the AMEN to a woman who has influenced so many!

    i'll_take_you_there

    Ms. Staples is a native child of Chicago, so this musical celebration in her honor at Auditorium Theatre was all the more meaningful.  

     

    i'll_take_you_there

     

    i'll_take_you_there

     

    i'll_take_you_there

    The star-studded line-up included Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Eric Church, Widespread Panic, EmmyLou Harris, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Grace Potter, Joan Osborne, Otis Clay, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller, Glen Hansard, Patty Griffin, Ryan Bingham, Jeff Tweedy, Spence Tweedy and Arcade Fire members, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

     

    i'll_take_you_there

     

    The staging for this concert was colorful and elegant.  Mavis Staples looked gorgeous.  She sounded amazing.  She glided and strutted across the stage with abundant energy and ease for a woman who just turned 75th.  Brava!

    The great Don Was served as musical director for the show. The house band included Tony Carpenter on percussion, Sonny Emory on drums, Don Was on bass guitar, as well as a great horn section and keyboard player.

    Concert highlights for me included:

    • Mavis Staples and Aaron Neville performing “Respect Yourself”;
    • Gregg Allman’s rendition of “Have A Little Faith”,
    • EmmyLou Harris singing “Far Celestial Shore”;
    • Grace Potter’s rendition of “Grandma’s Hands”;
    • Taj Mahal’s version of “Wade in the Water”;
    • Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne singing “Slippery People”;
    • Widespread Panic singing “Hope in A Hopeless World” and “For What It’s Worth”;
    • Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and Spence Tweedy singing “You Are Not Alone:;
    • EmmyLou Harris, Grace Potter, Ryan Bingham and Patty Griffin singing “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”;
    • Mavis and Bonnie Raitt singing “Turn Me Round”;
    • Michael McDonald and The McCrary Sisters singing “Freedom Highway”;
    • Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”;
    • Mavis Staples singing “I’ll Take You There”
    • Joan Osborne’s version of “You’re Driving Me (to the Arms of a Stranger);
    • Mavis and the entire cast ending the show with “The Weight” 

    Auditorium Theatre is celebrating 125 years in the diverse business of music, dance, theatre productions, Presidents’ speeches and much more.  Also, it has the absolute best acoustics of any venue in the Chicago.  Before attending last evening’s special tribute to Mavis Staples, I had the pleasure of seeing Steely Dan, author/humorist, David Sedaris and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater perform there over the last few years.  Other legendary artists such as Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, The Who, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder and Elton John have all graced this historic stage in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

    Live musical performances have always been a part of my personal “holy trinity” and I did not want to miss this very special 75th birthday celebration for Mavis Staples.  It did not matter that I attend the show solo.  I was surrounded by thousands of other Mavis Staple fans, as well as the many other fans of the the phenomenal artists who took the stage to “sing” her praises. I had some nice conversations with people sitting on both sides of me at the performance.  I also shared some interesting concert and travel stories with other attendees in the main lobby during intermission over a cocktail.

    I live just a few blocks from Auditorium Theatre but I would have traveled much further to see this once in a lifetime show.  The audience loved this show.  People were dancing in the aisles, on the stairs and in their seats.  Me included!

    If you ever have opportunity to see a performance of any kind at Auditorium Theatre, I highly recommend that you do so.  The architects, Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, created this magnificent architectural structure in 1889.  It is adorned with 24-karat gold-leaf ceiling arches and beautiful mosaics on the walls and floore.  The building has been restored over the years and it will undergo another renovation in 2015. Donations are being accepted!  I have to say that this is my favorite piece of architecture in Chicago.  Even if you do not attend a show here, you can take a tour of the theatre.

    Curious about

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    Wednesday night I had the incredible privilege of attending “I’ll Take You There Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples” at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre.  It was an all-star tribute to Mavis Staples, whose music has crossed genres including, gospel, soul, blues, jazz, R&B, funk and rock. Quite the AMEN to a woman who has influenced so many!

    i'll_take_you_there

    Ms. Staples is a native child of Chicago, so this musical celebration in her honor at Auditorium Theatre was all the more meaningful.  

     

    i'll_take_you_there

     

    i'll_take_you_there

     

    i'll_take_you_there

    The star-studded line-up included Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Eric Church, Widespread Panic, EmmyLou Harris, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Grace Potter, Joan Osborne, Otis Clay, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller, Glen Hansard, Patty Griffin, Ryan Bingham, Jeff Tweedy, Spence Tweedy and Arcade Fire members, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

     

    i'll_take_you_there

     

    The staging for this concert was colorful and elegant.  Mavis Staples looked gorgeous.  She sounded amazing.  She glided and strutted across the stage with abundant energy and ease for a woman who just turned 75th.  Brava!

    The great Don Was served as musical director for the show. The house band included Tony Carpenter on percussion, Sonny Emory on drums, Don Was on bass guitar, as well as a great horn section and keyboard player.

    Concert highlights for me included:

    • Mavis Staples and Aaron Neville performing “Respect Yourself”;
    • Gregg Allman’s rendition of “Have A Little Faith”,
    • EmmyLou Harris singing “Far Celestial Shore”;
    • Grace Potter’s rendition of “Grandma’s Hands”;
    • Taj Mahal’s version of “Wade in the Water”;
    • Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne singing “Slippery People”;
    • Widespread Panic singing “Hope in A Hopeless World” and “For What It’s Worth”;
    • Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and Spence Tweedy singing “You Are Not Alone:;
    • EmmyLou Harris, Grace Potter, Ryan Bingham and Patty Griffin singing “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”;
    • Mavis and Bonnie Raitt singing “Turn Me Round”;
    • Michael McDonald and The McCrary Sisters singing “Freedom Highway”;
    • Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”;
    • Mavis Staples singing “I’ll Take You There”
    • Joan Osborne’s version of “You’re Driving Me (to the Arms of a Stranger);
    • Mavis and the entire cast ending the show with “The Weight” 

    Auditorium Theatre is celebrating 125 years in the diverse business of music, dance, theatre productions, Presidents’ speeches and much more.  Also, it has the absolute best acoustics of any venue in the Chicago.  Before attending last evening’s special tribute to Mavis Staples, I had the pleasure of seeing Steely Dan, author/humorist, David Sedaris and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater perform there over the last few years.  Other legendary artists such as Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, The Who, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder and Elton John have all graced this historic stage in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

    Live musical performances have always been a part of my personal “holy trinity” and I did not want to miss this very special 75th birthday celebration for Mavis Staples.  It did not matter that I attend the show solo.  I was surrounded by thousands of other Mavis Staple fans, as well as the many other fans of the the phenomenal artists who took the stage to “sing” her praises. I had some nice conversations with people sitting on both sides of me at the performance.  I also shared some interesting concert and travel stories with other attendees in the main lobby during intermission over a cocktail.

    I live just a few blocks from Auditorium Theatre but I would have traveled much further to see this once in a lifetime show.  The audience loved this show.  People were dancing in the aisles, on the stairs and in their seats.  Me included!

    If you ever have opportunity to see a performance of any kind at Auditorium Theatre, I highly recommend that you do so.  The architects, Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, created this magnificent architectural structure in 1889.  It is adorned with 24-karat gold-leaf ceiling arches and beautiful mosaics on the walls and floore.  The building has been restored over the years and it will undergo another renovation in 2015. Donations are being accepted!  I have to say that this is my favorite piece of architecture in Chicago.  Even if you do not attend a show here, you can take a tour of the theatre.

    Curious about other live musical venues in Chicago?  Check out my previous posts about Park West, Northerly Island and Buddy Guy’s Legends. 

     

    ROAM. REVEL. REPEAT.

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  • cookienameddesire

    This sounds like it was so much fun! I would have loved to be able to go this showing!

  • That sounds like an amazing concert! I haven’t listened to Mavis Stapled in years and now it is time to update my playlist!