Mavis Staples to Headline Blues Festival

Legendary singer to close out fest June 10

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    Singer Mavis Staples performs onstage during the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on March 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 29th annual Chicago Blues Festival has just turned into a must-attend event.

    City officials announced Tuesday that legendary gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples will headline the festival, scheduled for June 8-10 in Grant Park.

    Staples, a Chicago native, will close out the festival on June 10.

    She's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and last year won a "Best Americana Album" Grammy for her collaboration with fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

    Other headliners at the festival include Texas Johnny Brown on June 8 and Floyd Taylor on June 9.

    Hours are 11 am - 9:30 pm each day at the free festival, which means another Chicago tradition will also be in force -- you'll have to get there early to get dibs on your space.