Along with her father Pops, Mavis Staples helped revolutionize R&B in the '60s and '70s with the Staple Singers, the family band that produced some of the best socially-conscious anthems of the era. You might remember her best for her impassioned plea on "Respect Yourself"--"If you don't respect yourself ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot, NAH-NAH-NAH BROTHER UH!" Amazingly, Mavis is still a musical force to be reckoned with some 40 or more years later, garnering a Grammy nomination for last year's Live: Hope At The Hideout and spending the first part of this year in Wilco's loft recording a new album produced by Jeff Tweedy. Appearing alongside her this Thursday is one Booker T. Jones--as in Booker T & the M.G.s--who will play songs off last year's critically acclaimed Potato Hole and hopefully throw in a side of "Green Onions." Hippie festival favorite JJ Grey opens with a set of bluesy, funky Southern rock 8 p.m. Thursday at Bass Hall, Fourth and Calhoun Streets in Fort Worth. Tickets are $19 to $29. Call 817-212-4280 or visit basshall.com.
Thu., March 25, 8 p.m., 2010