That news was a bummer for those of us who've been looking forward to folkie-activist Billy Bragg and the gospel legend Mavis Staples together in concert. What a righteous duo! But for my money, I'm really glad it's not Mavis who canceled. No offense to Mr. Bragg, whom I've seen, but I've never had the pleasure of hearing the soulful Mavis Staples live.
She was prepared to go it alone. That is, Mavis and the Spirit That Moves Her.
Today, though, the Flynn sent out a pleasantly surprising announcement: Vermont's own famous singer-songwriter, Neko Case (pictured above), is going to perform with Mavis. Double awesome.
"This eases the blow of the cancellation," wrote the Flynn's marketing director Leigh Chandler in an email. Amen to that. Hallelujah, too.
Photo of Neko Case by Jason Creps
Photo of Mavis Staples courtesy of Flynn Center