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Legendary Singer Mavis Staples Cancels ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest Performance, April 6

A portrait of Mavis Staples

April 3, 2018

Media Contact: Ariel West, Marketing Assistant, College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3794,

Legendary Singer Mavis Staples Cancels ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest Performance, April 6

Legendary singer and social rights activist Mavis Staples cancelled her performance at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO)’s Metro Music Fest, scheduled for Friday, April 6.

An official statement from her management said, “Mavis Staples regrets that she has been forced to cancel her engagements this week so that she can attend to a family emergency. Mavis loves her fans and is grateful to everyone who was planning to attend the festival, and she sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this unfortunate cancellation may have caused. She looks forward to returning to Oklahoma City in the very near future."

The Texas Gentlemen will move their festival performance to cover Staples’ planned performance time of 7:30-8:30 p.m. on the main stage at 12 E. California Ave. in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district, just east of Zio’s Italian Kitchen. The quintet brings a country-funk, cross-genre vibe to the Metro Music Fest stages. The group has performed behind George Strait, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes, and made a notable appearance with troubadour Kris Kristofferson at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival.

“Our thoughts are with Mavis Staples and we’ll hopefully be able to bring her back to Oklahoma City for Metro Music Fest next year,” said Scott Booker, CEO of ACM@UCO. “I have no doubt the Texas Gentlemen will be a great addition to the main stage!”

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Cutline:  Headlining act Mavis Staples has cancelled her performance at ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Fest, scheduled for Friday, April 6.