Press Release

May 13, 2021

Thursday, May 13, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia McInnis | [email protected] | 480-874-4663

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Presents Chart-Topping American Roots Musicians

Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples will be performing Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m. Photo credit: Myriam Santos

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — During its 2021–22 season, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases the finest musicians in American roots music, often in an unplugged format, revealing the soul of the artist. Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Look no further than the Center to discover the music that has become known around the world. The incredible vocals of these talented artists are on full display during their one-night-only concerts.

Experience one of American roots music’s most impactful performers, Mavis Staples, and JJ Grey & Mofro’s soulful musical storytelling. This season also presents a can’t-miss collaboration with Joan Osborne and The Weepies, and one of the genre’s most captivating singer-songwriters: Marc Cohn. It wouldn’t be an American roots series without the genre-defying Keb’ Mo’.

Below is the schedule for five upcoming musical performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change):

Mavis Staples
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Mavis Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. She’s a civil rights icon, a multiple Grammy winner, a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer with her family group The Staple Singers, and a member of both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Her most recent album “We Get By” was produced by multi-Grammy award winner Ben Harper. Additionally, Staples’ “I’ll Be Gone” was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance.

JJ Grey & Mofro
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
The music of JJ Grey & Mofro is a deep, soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, R&B, and personal, Southern-inspired narratives. The north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker is an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions.

Joan Osborne | The Weepies
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Multi-platinum-selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne is joining forces with singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen of The Weepies for an intimate evening of music. Osborne’s 10th studio album, “Trouble and Strife,” was released in 2020. “Trouble and Strife” is a deeply engaging collection of new original songs and is her response to “the crazy, chaotic times we’re living in,” Osborne said. While the indie folk-pop band The Weepies rarely tour, they have sold more than 1.5 million records.

Marc Cohn 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. His music is grounded in the richness of American rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel, and his lyrics flow from a deft storyteller’s pen. 

Keb’ Mo’
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances, proving he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. In 2019, his album “Oklahoma” won a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, making this his 5th Grammy win. “Oklahoma” features cameos from Taj Mahal to Rosanne Cash, to Keb’ Mo’s wife, Robbie Brooks Moore, to name a few. This album pushes his boundaries even further with brand new songs addressing topics such as immigration, depression, female empowerment and more.

Through its partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the city of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program.

Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of artists and genres, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. 2nd St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are also available. Visit or contact the Member and Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for Scottsdale Arts members at the Friends level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. The Center provides free tickets to selected events for eligible teachers and active-duty military and veterans. Visit or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The award-winning Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts supports the mission and diverse programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. The Store’s unique selection of merchandise includes artist-made jewelry, stylish furnishings for home and office, unique creations by Arizona artists, fair-trade and upcycled/recycled global crafts, music, books, greeting cards and imaginative toys. Purchases are tax free, and members receive a 15 percent discount. Gift wrapping and shipping are also available. The Store is open Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun., noon 5 p.m., and throughout most evening events. Phone: 480-874-4644.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-499-TKTS (8587)


For digital images, visit SmugMug. Password: ScottsdaleArts2021

For interviews or additional information, please contact:

Virginia McInnis
Public Relations Specialist
Scottsdale Arts

Phone: 480-874-4663
Email: [email protected]