Mavis Staples' 2018 Baton Rouge Blues Festival performance cancelled

Following the passing of Yvonne Staples, Mavis Staples will be unable to perform at the 2018 Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

“Mavis Staples regrets that she has been forced to cancel her engagement at the Baton Rouge Blues Fest due to the death of her sister, Yvonne,” according to a statement from Staples’ management. “Mavis loves her fans in Louisiana and is grateful to everyone who was planning to attend the event, and she sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this unfortunate cancellation may have caused.”

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mavis’ sister, Yvonne, and empathize wholeheartedly on her decision to be with her family at this time. We send our condolences to Mavis and the rest of Staples family,” says festival chairman Chris Brooks.

Additional lineup changes include the cancellation of both Bobby Powell and Hezekiah and the Houserockers due to unforeseen circumstances.

In Powell’s 1:45 p.m. slot on Sunday, April 15, DJ Swamp Boogie will open the Soul of BR Stage with a set of soul and R&B selections. DJ Swamp Boogie fell in love with Louisiana soul and blues after moving to New Orleans over 20 years ago. Since then, he’s spent years collecting and researching the rich history of music made here and the Gulf South, which led to hosting regular programs on WWOZ 90.7. You might also recognize him from sets in New Orleans (Hip Drop, Soul Rotisserie, Ponderosa Stomp, Soul Rotisserie, Ace Hotel), Montreal (Mod Club), and NYC.

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