Mavis Staples & Nick Lowe Coming to Omaha for One-Night-Only Concert at the Holland Center

Feb 8, 2016, 15:51 PM by Michael Frisco

Omaha, Neb. (February 8, 2016) – An impromptu performance in 2011 led to friendship between two musical giants: Mavis Staples and Nick Lowe. The two are touring together in a double-bill, with a one-night-only performance in Omaha. Omaha Performing Arts presents Mavis Staples with special guest Nick Lowe on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Tickets start at $25 through Ticket Omaha* at 402.345.0606, or the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 12th and Douglas streets. The performance is sponsored by Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and the Baer Foundation. Hospitality sponsor is Hilton Omaha.

Staples and Lowe had been long time admirers of each other’s work and each have carved a distinctive and unmistakable path in popular music. Sparked by their new friendship, Lowe (or “the silver fox” as dubbed by Staples) wrote the beautiful “Far Celestial Shore,” a track that appears on her 2013 album “One True Vine.” The 2015/2016 season is the first time these two performers have toured together in a double-bill.

Lowe has made his mark as a songwriter (“Cruel To Be Kind,” “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love And Understanding”), savvy veteran producer (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders) and has earned an undisputable reputation as the consummate musician’s musician. He 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.”

For six decades Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, she 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.