Mavis Staples sings at the Kate

The short story: The legendary Mavis Staples sings in concert Saturday at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.

And he shall be Levon: Staples is fresh off a Sunday performance at the Grammy awards. She and a group of musicians who also included Elton John and Mumford & Sons honored the late Levon Helm by singing "The Weight."

Finally, a Grammy winner: Last year, Staples earned a Grammy for her album "You Are Not Alone." That was, believe it or not, her first Grammy win. She had been nominated twice herself and then a dozen times with The Staple Singers. It wasn't until "You Are Not Alone," which was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, that she won; it was for best Americana album. (The Staples Singers did get a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2005.)

Age is just a state of mind: Staples, who is 73, has plenty of plans for 2013. She'll release a new album and is set to join Bonnie Raitt on an Australian tour.


Mavis Staples,
8 p.m. Saturday, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center,
300 Main St., Old Saybrook; $70, $75; 1-877-503-1286.


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