HOUSINGFEST 2018 Featuring Buddy Guy & Mavis Staples At Ovens Auditorium Today

Ovens Auditorium will host HousingFest 2018: A Concert to End Homelessness in Charlotte featuring Buddy Guy & Mavis Staples on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Bojangles' Coliseum Box Office located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets cost between $51.50 and $76.50 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change.

This year's headliners include Buddy Guy, hailed by Eric Clapton as, "the best guitar player alive," Buddy Guy is a living legend of the Chicago blues. Since his early days playing with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter at Chess Records, Guy has achieved seven Grammy Awards over his 65 year career. Commended as being the bridge between blues and rock and roll, Buddy Guy's work has been influential in the music of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and of course Eric Clapton. Winner of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Buddy can be found within Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Joining Guy, Mavis Staples' powerful voice has been a pillar of R&B and gospel music for over 60 years. As a child, Mavis sang with her father and siblings as a part of the Staple Singers. Their music and activism are credited with beginning the, "spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement."

Staples' Grammy Award winning solo career has intersected with such artists as Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Patty Griffin, and Jeff Tweedy, just to name a few. Mavis is a Blues Hall of Fame inductee whose 16th album was met with high acclaim in 2017.

For more information, visit housingfest.org, Facebook.com/HousingFest and on Twitter and Instagram @HousingFest.

About Ovens Auditorium
Ovens Auditorium, located adjacent to Bojangles' Coliseum, opened in 1955. With a seating capacity of approximately 2,400, Ovens has hosted more than 7,000 events including Broadway shows, symphony concerts, operas, dance recitals and nationally known speakers. For more information, visit ovensauditorium.com.

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