Tuesday, August 28 & Wednesday, August 29
Gates 6 pm, Show 7 pm
With the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt is starting anew. The album marks her return to studio recording after seven years, with the launch of her own label Redwing Records. It delivers some of the most surprising and rewarding music of her remarkable career, which includes nine Grammy awards and several multi-platinum albums. Even the album’s title is significant to Bonnie. “I’m in the slipstream of all these styles of music,” she says. “I’m so inspired and so proud to continue these traditions, whether it’s reggae or soul or blues. I’m in the slipstream of those who came before me, and I’m leaving one for those behind me. I’m holding up the traditions of the music that I love.”
Mavis Staples began singing with her family group, the Staple Singers, over sixty years ago. She began her solo career in the late 1960s and has released 13 albums since. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Her new album You Are Not Alone stakes out new territory for Staples by matching her with producer Jeff Tweedy, a fellow Chicagoan who also leads the successful alternative-country band Wilco.