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.
JOAN BAEZ CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
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