Flying Monkey welcomes music legend Mavis Staples



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Mavis Staples, the legendary lead vocalist of the Staple Singers, will take the stage at Plymouth’s Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center for a once in a lifetime performance on June 5. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
June 01, 2011
PLYMOUTH — Sunday, June 5, legendary rock and soul singer Mavis Staples, best known for her early days with the legendary Staple Singers (whose hits include "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "Slippery People"), comes to the stage at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in downtown Plymouth.

Local Favorite David Lockwood will be opening the night.

Staples has been recognized as a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Heritage Fellowship Award. 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."

With her bold new album, "You Are Not Alone," the legendary vocalist adds a remarkable new chapter to an historic career. This project—which is being released more than 60 years after she began singing with her ground breaking family group, the Staple Singers—is the follow up to "We'll Never Turn Back," her acclaimed 2007 collection of songs associated with the Civil Rights movement, and to 2009's Grammy nominated live album "Hope at the Hideout." It stakes out surprising new territory for Staples by matching her with producer Jeff Tweedy, a fellow Chicagoan who also happens to lead Wilco, perhaps the most respected band working in America today.

"You Are Not Alone" caps an incredible decade for Staples, a resurgence that saw her receive Grammy nominations in the blues, gospel, folk, and pop categories. She claims, in fact, that she has done so much diverse work recently that until Tweedy helped guide the way, she wasn't sure of her direction.

"Mavis is the walking embodiment of undaunted spirit and courage," says Tweedy. "She's an ever forward looking, positive example for all human beings. And she sounds like she's in the prime of her life."

Rolling Stone says the iconic singer has "an overriding sense of humanity."

The staff at the Flying Monkey certainly think so, and are honored to have her.

Tickets to Staples' performance are $40 for Gold Circle and $35 for Reserved Orchestra and Tables. Tickets can be purchased online at www.flyingmonkeynh.com or by calling the box office at 536-2551. Dinner is available from 6 – 7 p.m. at an additional charge. Advanced reservations for the dining section are required. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Flying Monkey is located at 39 South Main St. in Plymouth, and is part of the Common Man family. Founded in 1971 by owner Alex Ray, the Common Man family is made up of 18 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon and a Company Store. Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack, Windham and Portsmouth; Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster's Boiler Room and Italian Farmhouse in Plymouth; Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt'n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; Common Man Express and the Common Man Company Store, both in Ashland. For more information, visit thecman.com.

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