Sunday, July 27, 2014
Dear Folk, it is with great pleasure that we begin the 2014 rolling line-up by announcing Mavis Staples & Friends. Mavis has been celebrating her birthday at Newport since 1964. Therefore, in her honor, Newport Folk with the help of some special guests will celebrate “75 years of Mavis” throughout the weekend.
As our founder George Wein exclaims, “It’s a joy that we’re honoring Mavis Staples at this year’s Newport Folk Festival. I go back a long way with Mavis and her family, The Staple Singers. They were one of the first gospel groups to play at Newport and they appeared at both the Folk and Jazz Festival over the years. Pops Staples was a favorite of my wife Joyce, who would ask him to play acoustic guitar at our workshops, which were such a vital part of Newport in the sixties. We knew that Mavis was a star and were not surprised when she started her successful solo career. She is a wonderful artist and a beautiful person.”
– Jay Sweet
producer, Newport Folk Festival