Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples & More Veteran Artists Saluting Joan Baez For Her 75th

Joan Baez turned 75 last Saturday (January 9) and, on January 27, a long list of veteran artists will come together at the Beacon Theatre in New York to celebrate her milestone and career.

Among those already confirmed for the show:

  • Paul Simon
  • Jackson Browne
  • Mavis Staples
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Judy Collins
  • Richard Thompson
  • Indigo Girls
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • David Bromberg
  • Damien Rice
  • Nano Stern
More acts are expected to be announced.

The tribute will be filmed by WNET in New York for future broadcast on PBS' Great Performances.

Mary Chapin Carpenter said of the evening "She has been a mentor, an inspiration and a role model for anyone who ever picked up a guitar and wanted to believe they could do more than just sing pretty songs. She has showed multiple generations that music can move and inspire as well as be a force for courage, solidarity, fellowship and justice. To be able to celebrate her 75th birthday with her in New York City is a dream evening, and I think I will feel 17 again for much of it."

Emmylou Harris added "Joan's stunningly beautiful voice stirred an entire generation, and opened our hearts to the plight of so many among us. She truly changed the world for the better. Happy birthday to a great and compassionate artist."

Joan has also announced a U.S. tour in conjunction with Amnesty International. "I am pleased once again to be joining forces with Amnesty International, this time on the critical and urgent issue of racial and ethnic disparities of incarceration, right here in the United States."

The dates:
  • 01/27 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
  • 01/30 - Ann Arbor, MI - Hill Auditorium
  • 02/27 - Toronto, ON - Koerner Hall
  • 02/28 - Ithaca, NY - State Theater
  • 03/01 - Concord, NH - Capitol Center for the Arts
  • 03/03 - New Haven, CT - Shubert Theatre
  • 03/05 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Center
  • 03/06 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
  • 03/08 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
  • 03/09 - Frederick, MD - Weinberg Center for the Arts
  • 03/12 - Lexington, KY - Lexington Opera House
  • 03/16 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
  • 03/17 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Symphony Hall
  • 03/19 - Birmingham, AL - Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
  • 03/20 - Durham, NC - Page Auditorium at Duke University
  • 03/23 - Wilmington, DE - The Grand
  • 03/25 - Albany, NY - The Egg
  • 03/26 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall