Rumsey Playfield, 69th St, mid-park, Central Park
New York City, New York

Celebrate opening night with two women who cross the generations of gospel and soul. Presented in association with the Museum of African Art.

A member of the legendary Staple Singers, Mavis Staples has taken her roots in gospel and given them an uncanny boost of soul. She was awarded the Americana Music Association's (AMA) "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech Award in 2007. She has collaborated with countless soul, gospel and country singers, and is the go-to singer for artists who want spine-tingling heart added to their mix. Staples’ deep voice and spiritual resonance make her one of the most important singers to grace stages today.

Stephanie McKay has resurrected true soul through bold songs like her flawless first single and title track, “Tell it Like It Is,” shows off her gutsy style and seamless voice. A child of the Bronx, she has contributed to projects with Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Tricky, and Roy Hargrove. With a lyrical wisdom beyond her years, Ms. McKay is proof that classic soul can be reincarnated through the generations.

Added by Fumio on May 11, 2008