Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration was a once in a lifetime event created, filmed, recorded, and produced by Blackbird Presents at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre. The historic night brought some of the biggest names in music together to honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and American icon. Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over six decades, Staples’ soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired countless other artists and activists.
The two-and-a-half-hour concert film and available audio recordings feature over 20 once-in-a-lifetime performances from this momentous event by Gregg Allman, Ryan Bingham, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne, Eric Church, Otis Clay, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller, Keb’ Mo’, Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Widespread Panic, Grace Potter, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff & Spencer Tweedy, and Mavis Staples. Both the album and the film shine a light on performers who do not often share the same stage in order to honor Mavis Staples by singing her classic, iconic songs. In addition to the performances, the film goes behind the scenes with exclusive interviews with the artists and takes a deep dive into the cultural and musical impact of Mavis Staples.