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At 76, Mavis Staples is ready to take Coachella's 'teeny-boppers' to church

At 76, Mavis Staples is ready to take Coachella's 'teeny-boppers' to church

Before she took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Mavis Staples had a plan.

"I'm gonna talk to 'em — say, 'You teeny-boppers, I wouldn't expect you all to be here at church,'" she said, then burst into a low, throaty chuckle. "That might get a rise out of 'em."

Staples, the 76-year-old soul and gospel veteran, was sitting in a trailer Friday before her performance. The annual festival, which repeats this weekend at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, is known for its audience of pleasure-seeking twentysomethings — not exactly a natural fit for Staples' rough-hewn songs of resilience and faith. So the singer was pondering...

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