Best Living History: Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples stopped her Saturday set on the Which Stage to offer a Civil Rights history lesson, preaching about the Selma-to-Montgomery march in Alabama in 1965. "Sometimes you gotta get ugly," she said, before launching into a moving performance of the title track of her 2010 album, You Are Not Alone. This wasn't the 78-year-old gospel icon's first Bonnaroo, but she approached it with all the verve of a new artist. A show-closing version of the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" was dutifully euphoric, with Staples providing a musical balm in troubled times. J.H.