She has been a poster child for the folk movement ever since her appearance at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. On Saturday, January 27th 2016, folk icon Joan Baez will celebrate her 75th birthday at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York.
To honor her amazing life and 50 plus years in the music business, Baez will perform an intimate gig alongside fellow artists and friends, including: Jackson Browne, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Damien Rice, Nano Stern and David Bromberg.
The bill is set to grow and other acts will be announced shortly.
Remarking on the upcoming event, Mary Chapin Carpenter said: “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.”
Country star, 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.”
On May 21st, 2015, Baez was presented with Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience Award” at a ceremony in Berlin. Showing the upmost amount of respect for the singer/ songwriter, this award is the organization’s top honor in recognition for those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights through their life and work.
It’s been quite the year for Joan. Her 1960 debut album, Joan Baez was selected by the Library of Congress as one of its 25 annual recordings to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress stated that the album “preserves for posterity powerful performances from the Harvard Square coffeehouse repertoire that brought Baez to prominence as the folk-revival movement was arriving on the national stage.”
Never one to slow down, Joan will be touring as of January next year. Check out the dates below.
Joan Baez tour dates:
January 27 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
January 30 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium
February 27 Toronto, ON Koerner Hall
February 28 Ithaca, NY State Theater
March 1 Concord, NH Capitol Center for the Arts
March 3 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
March 5 Burlington, VT Flynn Center
March 6 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
March 8 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
March 9 Frederick, MD Weinberg Center for the Arts
March 12 Lexington, KY Lexington Opera House
March 16 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
March 17 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall
March 19 Birmingham, AL Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
March 20 Durham, NC Page Auditorium at Duke University
March 23 Wilmington, DE The Grand
March 25 Albany, NY The Egg
March 26 Buffalo, NY Asbury Hall