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Description: Legendary artist Joan Baez will embark on a U.S. tour this fall including three co-headlining shows with renowned songwriter and fellow artist, Kris Kristofferson. The fall tour will feature a repertoire spanning her five-decade career.
In quick succession, Baez celebrated joyful landmark years in 2008-2009, marking the 50th anniversary of both her renowned residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. These milestones coincided with the Grammy-nominated album, Day After Tomorrow (September 2008), which was recorded in Nashville and produced by Steve Earle. Of the release, the Boston Globe proclaimed, 'A half century into her career, folk icon Joan Baez is making a return of sorts - not to vintage material, but to songs that evoke the spirit and message of her defining early work - Baez has never sounded wiser, or more deeply human.' Moreover, in 2009, Baez was profiled in Public Television's American Masters documentary, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound.
While this year began with the National Recording Academy inducting Baez's 1960 debut LP on Vanguard Records into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. At the same time, the prestigious Folk Alliance International presented her with its 'Lifetime Achievement Award,' and Amnesty International, at its 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting in San Francisco, bestowed on her the inaugural 'Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights.' Additionally, Baez recently returned to the cast of Teatro ZinZanni in San Francisco for a limited run in 'Maestro's Enchantment.'
Kristofferson's New West albums mark the latest works of a distinguished career that has encompassed the authorship of such classic American songs as 'Me and Bobby McGee,' 'Sunday Morning Coming Down,' and 'Help Me Make It Through the Night': stardom in such feature films as Lonestar, the Blade Trilogy, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid and A Star is Born; honors including three Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and years of outspoken political and social activism. He was recently recognized as a BMI Icon at the performing rights organization's Country Awards. Kristofferson is currently a member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Venue Description: Located on the Upper West Side, the 2,894-seat Beacon Theatre is considered to be Radio City Music Hall?s "older sister." The art deco-designed Beacon opened in 1929 as a venue for vaudeville acts, drama, opera and movies and is well regarded for its superior acoustics. In 2006, former President Bill Clinton celebrated his birthday with a private Rolling Stones concert. Past performers there include Queen, Jerry Garcia, Allman Brothers (they have performed there 173 times), Radiohead, Bryan Ferry, and many more. Beacon Theatre is accessible by subway; get the 1/2 train to 72nd Street station.