Monday, August 1, 2011

Newport Folk Festival: Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival, July 30, 2011

Legendary vocalist Mavis Staples took the Quad stage this past Saturday at this years Newport Folk Festival. Staples, who looked to be having a lot of fun onstage, had the crowd dancing and singing along. She brought The Decemberists' frontman, Colin Meloy out to join her for the second song of the set, "The Weight," before he headed over to the main stage for his own set to close the festival's first day. She and her band performed a rousing version of "I'll Take You There" that turned into a soul clap sing-a-long.

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There were a lot of great performances, but, Miss Mavis was the highlight of day 1 for me.