Joan Baez announced a new run of concerts in the U.S. and Canada, part of her final round of “formal touring.” The North American trek, which follows a stretch of U.K. and European dates in 2017, launches September 11th in Ithaca, New York and concludes November 17th in Oakland, California.
The live dates will promote Baez’s upcoming studio album, Whistle Down The Wind, set for release on 2 March via Bobolink/Razor & Tie Records. A digital or CD copy of the record is included with every ticket purchased for the US. shows. Tickets go on sale on 2 March, and additional info is available at the venue websites.
The pioneering folk singer-songwriter’s recording career spans six decades. She recorded many of her best-known titles for Vanguard during the 1960s, receiving gold discs for albums such as Joan Baez, Joan Baez 2 and Blessed Are… Baez also enjoyed a fruitful career with A&M during the 1970s, when she released critically-acclaimed albums such as Come From The Shadows and Where Are You Now, My Son?
Joan Baez recently spoke to Rolling Stone about her new LP – her first since 2008’s Day After Tomorrow – which she says evokes her emotional mind-set after deciding to retire from the road. “The direction this album went is that  is going to be my last year of formal touring, and so there was a feeling, maybe not even spoken, but there was a strong feeling that it’s time to move on,” she said.
Whistle Down The Wind features a mixture of cover songs and originals from artists like Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Anohni, Josh Ritter and Eliza Gilkyson. “What’s happened, and I didn’t do it on purpose, but the songs have become mine,” the singer told Rolling Stone. “That’s when I know I’m on the right track.”
Joan Baez plays the following 2018 North American shows:
11 September – Ithaca, New York @ State Theatre
12 September – New Haven, Connecticut @ Shubert Theater
14 September – Boston, MA @ The Wang Theatre
15 September – Boston, MA @ The Wang Theatre
17 September – Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts Maison Symphonique
18 September – Toronto, ON @ Roy Thomson Hall
21 September – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
22 September – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
25 September – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
26 September – Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center
28 September – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
29 September – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
30 September – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
2 October – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
3 October – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
5 October – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
6 October – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
24 October – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
25 October – Santa Fe, NM @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
27 October – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
28 October – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre
30 October – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts
4 November – Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall
5 November – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
8 November – Eureka, CA @ Arkely Center for the Performing Arts
10 November – Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall
15 November – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
17 November – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater Oakland.
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