Folk Icon Joan Baez Announces Final North American Tour

first_imgIt’s been nearly six decades since Joan Baez began her professional music career with a set at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. It’s been 55 years since she performed at the historic March On Washington, and it’s been more than 50 years since her fearlessly anti-war message made her a bonafide icon of the ’60s counterculture. Joan Baez has been performing for a long time, but her on-stage career will come to an end when she retires from “formal touring” later this year.Before she makes her exit from the live arena, Baez will hit the road for an extensive run of tour dates from mid-September through mid-November. The singer-songwriter announced her final North American outing today, and the itinerary includes 28 shows across much of the United States and Canada. Among those dates are two-night runs at Boston’s Wang Theatre and New York City’s Beacon Theatre in September, as well as five stops in California in late October and early November. Tickets for Baez’s final tour will go on sale Friday, March 2nd.While Baez is gearing up to retire from the road, her recording career is experiencing something of a revival. For her upcoming dates, Baez will be performing in support of her first album in 10 years, Whistle Down The Wind, which is due out on March 2nd. The forthcoming LP features a number of covers and tunes that other illustrious songwriters—such as Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Josh Ritter—wrote for her. According to Rolling Stone, Whistle Down The Wind was produced by Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint) during a series of sessions at United Recording Studios in Los Angeles.“Whistle Down The Wind” (written by Tom Waits in 1992)“I’ve left [the idea of recording more albums] more open than the touring because you just can’t … you never know,” Baez told Rolling Stone. “Maybe you’ll say, ‘Oh, my God,’ and you’ll want to do an album in other languages or some special project. But I doubt that I’ll do this process again of finding songs and doing a whole album.”Joan Baez 2018 North American Tour:September 11 Ithaca, New York – State TheatreSeptember 12 New Haven, Connecticut – Shubert TheaterSeptember 14 Boston, MA – The Wang TheatreSeptember 15 Boston, MA – The Wang TheatreSeptember 17 Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts Maison SymphoniqueSeptember 18 Toronto, ON – Roy Thomson HallSeptember 21 New York, NY – Beacon TheatreSeptember  22 New York, NY – Beacon TheatreSeptember 25 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie TheatreSeptember 26 Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall @ Kimmel CenterSeptember 28 Washington, DC – Warner TheatreSeptember 29 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts CenterSeptember 30 Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumOctober 2 Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan TheaterOctober 3 Cleveland, OH – State TheatreOctober 5 Chicago, IL – Chicago TheatreOctober 6 Minneapolis, MN – State TheatreOctober 24 Denver, CO – Paramount TheatreOctober 25 Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic Performing Arts CenterOctober 27 Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity TheatreOctober 28 Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson TheatreOctober 30 San Diego, CA – Humphreys ConcertsNovember 4 Seattle, WA – Benaroya HallNovember 5 Portland, OR – Revolution HallNovember 8 Eureka, CA – Arkely Center for the Performing ArtsNovember 10 Los Angeles, CA – Royce HallNovember 15 San Francisco, CA – The MasonicNovember 17 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater Oaklandlast_img

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