Sunday, March 20, 2016 | 8:00 pm
Legendary singer and political activist Joan Baez has had a remarkable fifty-seven year career in music. She has been honored with a GRAMMY lifetime achievement award, inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, and has eight gold records to her name. She made her breakthrough performance at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, introduced Bob Dylan to the world at the Monterey Folk Festival in 1963, and performed at Woodstock in 1969. While she has written classic songs such as “Diamonds and Rust,” Baez is known first and foremost as an interpreter, introducing now indelible songs by Phil Ochs, Leonard Cohen, and Paul Simon.
Baez began her career at a pivotal moment in our country’s history, singing in support of the civil rights movement and in protest against the war in Vietnam. Continuing her activism through the ensuing decades while expanding her stylistic range, Baez has collaborated with musicians such as Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Indigo Girls, and the Grateful Dead. Her instantly recognizable voice remains “warm and unhurried, her phrasing the most nuanced it’s ever been” (The Boston Globe). Don’t miss this once-in-a generation artist at the newly renovated Page Auditorium.