But she pours into her performance all the energy that she has. She did so Saturday night at a sold-out Symphony Center. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra usually performs at this venue. However, Staples took the stage this night, accompanied only by a drummer, bass, guitarist, and two backing singers.
The Inglewood native repeatedly told the delighted audience, "It's good to be home."
Although fans in the crowd cried out for "The Weight" and "I'll Take You There," Mavis skipped those songs. Still, the sold-out crowd loved her musical selection, as she mixed blues, soul, gospel, and R&B. My favourites were "Respect Yourself" and her version of The Talking Heads' "Slippery People."
Between each song, Mavis relaxed, sipped her tea, and gathered her strength before throwing herself into the following number.
There was no encore, but it was an entertaining evening. Even the warmup band (blues singer/guitarist Celisse) was excellent. Mavis Staples is a national treasure, and I am happy I finally had the chance to see her live.