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Joan Baez confirms 2016 tour dates and Paul Simon, Mavis Staples & Richard Thompson added to 75th Birthday Celebration in NYC‏

On February 27, Joan Baez will embark on an 18-city North American tour, drawing upon repertoire spanning her historic career. Baez is teaming with longtime partner Amnesty International to bring attention to the human rights crisis of mass incarceration of disenfranchised minorities in the US. She will provide her audience with an opportunity to take immediate action on behalf of a select group of prisoners whose cases Amnesty is championing. Amnesty International representatives will be present at each show to engage with concertgoers and solicit their support.

As a veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement, Baez is saddened by the civil rights crisis that once again confronts the US and states:

“I am pleased once again to be joining forces with Amnesty International, this time on the critical and urgent issue of racial and ethnic disparities of incarceration, right here in the United States.

Of the partnership, Margaret Huang, interim executive director for Amnesty International USA, remarks:

“We are excited to continue our longstanding collaboration with Joan and look forward to welcoming her fans to join Amnesty International and take action on human rights issues here in the United States. The United States is the leading jailer in the world. Together, we can change that.”

Baez’s relationship with Amnesty began in the early 1970s when she met Ginetta Sagan, a torture survivor and Bay Area activist, who was seeking to further establish Amnesty’s reputation in the US In 1986, Baez was a featured performer on the Conspiracy of Hope tour and appeared as a special guest on 1988’s Human Rights Now! Tour.  On May 21, 2015, Baez, along with world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei, received Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience Award,” the organization’s top honor which recognizes those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights through their life and work.

In addition, Baez will celebrate her 75th birthday on Wednesday, January 27 at the Beacon Theatre. The special event will honor her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez will perform alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Richard Thompson and Nano Stern. The concert will be recorded and produced for television by Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET New York as part of the Great Performances series on PBS.


January 27                                                 New York, NY                                          Beacon Theatre 

January 30                                                 Ann Arbor, MI                                         Hill Auditorium

February 27                                                 Toronto, ON                                               Koerner Hall

February 28                                                   Ithaca, NY                                                 State Theater

March 1                                                      Concord, NH                          Capitol Center for the Arts

March 3                                                    New Haven, CT                                        Shubert Theatre

March 5                                                     Burlington, VT                                             Flynn Center

March 6                                                     Englewood, NJ                                              Bergen PAC

March 8                                                      Red Bank, NJ                                   Count Basie Theatre

March 9                                                     Frederick, MD                    Weinberg Center for the Arts

March 12                                                   Lexington, KY                            Lexington Opera House

March 16                                                   Charleston, SC                              Charleston Music Hall

March 17                                                      Atlanta, GA                                Atlanta Symphony Hall

March 19                                                  Birmingham, AL    Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

March 20                                                     Durham, NC          Page Auditorium at Duke University

March 23                                                  Wilmington, DE                                                The Grand

March 25                                                      Albany, NY                                                       The Egg

March 26                                                     Buffalo, NY                                                 Asbury Hall

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