Legendary folk singer-songwriter and social activist Joan Baez is about to turn 75. To celebrate her over 55 year-long career as a musician, she's throwing a star-studded birthday concert at the historic Beacon Theatre on January 27th. Special guests joining Baez on stage include Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, the Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, David Bromberg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins and Nano Stern; more performers are to be announced as the date nears.
Jambands.com reports that Emmylou Harris has already issued a statement regarding Baez's lasting legacy, asserting that "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." As the career-spanning retrospective of a celebration concert draws closer, other similar statements are sure to emerge.
As announced on Baez's website, the birthday concert is going to be recorded and produced for television as a part of the Great Performances series on PBS. Interestingly enough, that's not the only PBS special the artist is to be a part of in the coming months. This week, the channel's Craft In America series will premier its "Music" episode featuring Baez with her Martin guitar among others. In the episode, the singer-songwriter is going to discuss her 1972 trip to Hanoi and her guitar as a tool for creating lasting positive social change. Watch the trailer for the special below.
As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the birthday extravaganza kicks-off Baez's next North American Tour. Tickets are on presale all day Friday (11/20) and go on sale to the general public on Saturday, November 21st at noon. Check out the full list of tour dates below.
Joan Baez -- 2016 Tour Dates
1/27: New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
1/30: Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
2/27: Toronto, ON @ Koerner Hall
2/28: Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
3/1: Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
3/3: New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theatre
⅗: Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center
3/6: Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC
3/8: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
3/9: Frederick, MD @ Weinberg Center for the Arts
3/12: Lexington, KY @ Lexington Opera House
3/16: Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
3/17: Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
3/19: Birmingham, AL @ Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
3/20: Durham, NC @ Page Auditorium at Duke University
3/23: Wilmington, DE @ The Grand
3/25: Albany, NY @ The Egg
3/26: Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall