Smart Bets: Mavis Staples

You might remember local cover band Mavis — the group frequented Tressa's and launched the singing career of Paper Tiger's Molly Kummerle. That band was named in homage to R&B artist Mavis Staples, who got her start in the '50s gospel family group, The Staple Singers. She's not only still around, but still incredible — most recently recording solo album You Are Not Alone (produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy). Staples performs at UNCA's Lipinsky Auditorium on Saturday, March 31. 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for UNCA students; $7 for all area students; $20 for UNCA faculty/staff/alumni/NCCCR/WCU; $35 for general public. http://cesap.unca.edu/events/mavis-staples.

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