Apparently there are still plenty of tickets for Mavis Staples in Conroe Friday night. Part of the Sounds of Texas Music Series at the Crighton Theater, the show also includes gospel-rocker Mike Farris. Staples, a recent Best Contemporary Blues Grammy nominee for her Live: Hope At The Hideout, is a member of the legendary Staple Singers, which was fronted for decades by her father, Roebuck "Pop" Staples, one of the most influential names in modern blues and gospel music. The Staple Singers eventually came to be known as the principal musical voices of the civil rights movement. As a solo act, Ms. Staples was part of the legendary stable of artists recording for the Stax label in Memphis. She has worked with a vast array of popular music talents including Bob Dylan - who reportedly once asked for her hand in marriage! - Prince, Natalie Merchant, George Jones and Delbert McClinton. She recently recorded with Dr. John and Los Lobos, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 for her work with the Staple Singers.
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Farris has become one of the darlings of the Americana Music Association types with his combination of rocking blues and gospel stylings. Farris counts Marty Stuart and Buddy Miller among his ardent supporters. Tickets are $47 and can be purchased online at www.thesoundsoftexasmusicseries.com (click on Ticket Information for available seating), calling the Crighton box office at 936-441-7469 (X201) or at the door on the day of the show. 8 p.m., Friday May 14, Crighton Theater, 234 N. Main, Conroe.