Walton Arts Center is excited to bring the 2016 Grammy Award winner for Best Roots Performance, Mavis Staples, in a fruitful collaboration with Nick Lowe on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8pm. This show is part of the 2015-16 Popcorn, Indiana American Music Series. Ticket prices range from $33 to $53 plus applicable fees and can be purchased by calling Walton Arts Center’s Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

There are few living musicians who can lay claim to being the voice of America’s conscience and even fewer who continue to make vital music. For six decades, Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Her previous album, the Tweedy-produced You Are Not Alone won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2011, adding a remarkable new chapter to an already historic career.

Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, short-lived career as a pop star and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician. But in his current ‘second act’ as a silver-haired, tenderhearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Starting with 1995’s The Impossible Bird through to 2011’s The Old Magic Nick has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home, and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of The New York Times to describe his live show as “elegant and nearly devastating.”