Mavis Staples to perform at the Criterion

“Livin’ on a high note” is the name of R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples’ 2016 album. Staples, who got her start playing with her family’s band, the Staple Singers in 1948, will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor.

From Chicago, Staples is much in demand these days, having been featured on albums by Arcade Fire and Gorillaz. Earlier this year, she released a new album, “If All I Was Was Black.” In 2016, she was honored for her lifetime achievement at the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors event at the White House.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the Staples Singers, founded by “Pops” Roebuck Staples, became known for singing out against racism and other injustices. “Respect Yourself” and “Freedom Highway” were among the protest songs they were known for.

Pops’ middle daughter, Mavis has renewed her social justice mission by collaborating with Bob Dylan on a recent tour.

Tickets for the Jan. 26 concert range from $40.50 to $75.50 per person. To reserve seats, call 288-0829 and visit

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