Danny Zelisko Presents welcomes JOAN BAEZ to the historic Celebrity Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on November 1st. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6th at Celebrity Theatre or visit celebritytheatre.com.
As a musical force of nature, Joan Baez unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic, and participated in two of the early Amnesty International tours – the Conspiracy of Hope tour in 1986 and the Human Rights Now! tour in 1988. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest war.
Early 2016, at the onset of a new touring and performing schedule that would challenge even her youngest musical peers, Joan Baez was honored by a dozen of her favorite artists and friends for a 75th birthday tribute concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
Produced by WNET channel 13 for their award-winning Great Performances series (with PBS broadcast in the spring 2016), the concert featured more than 20 songs spanning Joan’s career. She sang solo, or was joined throughout the night by (in varying combinations) David Bromberg, David Crosby, Damien Rice, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, Indigo Girls, Richard Thompson, Nano Stern and Paul Simon.
In other recent Baez news, the Library of Congress selected Joan Baez, her classic 1960 debut LP on Vanguard Records, as one of the 25 recordings chosen annually to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. At a ceremony in Berlin, Joan received Amnesty International’s highest honor, its Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights.
The Beacon Theatre concert was the prelude to Joan’s busy 2016 touring schedule, which played 17 dates on the East Coast in March, will travel to Europe for a series of festivals in July, and returns to major US markets in October and November, for a show in Phoenix at Celebrity Theatre on November 1st.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets (starting at $45) go on sale Friday, May 6th at 10 a.m. at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.