On September 24 at 7:30 p.m., blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Jonny Lang and legendary gospel vocalist Mavis Staples play a co-headlining show at the Orpheum Theatre.
Lang has built a reputation as one of the most dynamic live performers and guitarists of his generation since releasing his platinum-selling debut album at the age of 15. Lang suffered the pitfalls of achieving fame at such an early age by succumbing to the temptations of drugs and alcohol, but he attributes finding God in 2000 for allowing him to sober up and beginning the process of battling against his personal demons.
“The root of any message that I convey in a song comes from my relationship with God,” Lang told the Georgia Straight in a 2010 interview, “but I try not to make it a preachy thing. I just try to make it something that people can relate to, or a blessing that could help somebody, you know.”
That message certainly resonates with Mavis Staples, who has been singing the gospel since the 1950s. The legendary voice of the Staple Singers is a Grammy Award winner (including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award), a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, and a Kennedy Center Honoree. Still going strong at 78, Staples uses her gifts to “bring us all together as people." Staples says, “You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving.”
Tickets for Jonny Lang and Mavis Staples at the Orpheum go on sale Friday (April 20) at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster, or charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000.