Joan Baez is assembling year’s biggest folk concert


As part of her 75th birthday celebration, Joan Baez has pulled out her Rolodex and recruited some of the biggest names in rock and folk to join her onstage. She’ll play a Jan. 27th show at New York City’s Beacon Theatre that will be recorded as part of PBS’ Great Performances series.

She’ll be joined by Damien Rice, David Bromberg, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Judy Collins, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Paul Simon, and Richard Thompson. The concert kicks off Baez’s North American tour this year.

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Baez has released more than 30 albums over the past 55 years. Born in New York in 1941, she was often subject to racial slurs due to her Mexican heritage. That was likely the spark that propelled onto a career of protest and social justice music.

“Someone had to change the world,” Baez once said. “And obviously I was the one for the job.”

Joan Baez Tour Dates

Jan. 27: New York, NY at Beacon Theatre
Jan. 30: Ann Arbor, MI at Hill Auditorium
Feb. 27: Toronto, ON at Koerner Hall
Feb. 28: Ithaca, NY at State Theater
Mar. 1: Concord, NH at Capitol Center for the Arts
Mar. 3: New Haven, CT at Shubert Theatre
Mar. 5: Burlington, VT at Flynn Center
Mar. 6: Englewood, NJ at Bergen PAC
Mar. 8: Red Bank, NJ at Count Basie Theatre
Mar. 9: Frederick, MD at Weinberg Center for the Arts
Mar. 12: Lexington, KY at Lexington Opera House
Mar. 16: Charleston, SC at Charleston Music Hall
Mar. 17: Atlanta, GA at Atlanta Symphony Hall
Mar. 19: Birmingham, AL at Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
Mar. 20: Durham, NC at Page Auditorium at Duke University
Mar. 23: Wilmington, DE at The Grand
Mar. 25: Albany, NY at The Egg
Mar. 26: Buffalo, NY at Asbury Hall

Photo credit: Heinrich Klaffs

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