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Mavis Staples rescues her own tribute concert

Mavis Staples rescues her own tribute concert

For a while, it looked like a bunch of artists from parts far removed from the South Side churches where Mavis Staples built her legacy was going to keep things bland for the singer’s 75th birthday party.

But then Staples herself took the stage and essentially hijacked her own tribute concert from an all-star lineup of guests Wednesday at the Auditorium Theatre.

Staples looked feisty in black and moved like a woman with a new pair of knees (she had replacements on both last year). Every time she took the stage to join some of her guests, the room temperature went from lukewarm to steamy as she waved fists, strutted with the microphone and tilted backward to cry to the heavens....