As a part of the 2013 Subway Music in the Zoo concert series at the Minnesota Zoo (in Apple Valley), Joan Baez will be singing and strumming on June 6th. "An Evening with Joan Baez" ($47) will be held at the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo. Single-show tickets go on sale April 27 at 10 a.m. at the Electric Fetus and all Ticketmaster locations.
From her website comes this biographical note:
"2008 is a landmark year for Joan Baez, marking 50 years since she began her legendary residency at Boston's famed Club 47. She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable - marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and just this year, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest war. Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963 and focused awareness on songwriters ranging from Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Phil Ochs, Richard Farina, and Tim Hardin, to Kris Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury, to Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Steve Earle and many more."
Icon, legend.....so many labels can be attached to this singer. You may want to consider going to the concert.
Our Naxos streaming music service also has some of her music you might want to check out. And we have books, sheet music and even DVDs featuring her in our collections!
In the Walter Smart Learning Commons we have ten DVDs that include her, her music and her protest work of over 50 years. Here's just a few of the DVDs:
- Berkeley in the Sixties (2002 First Run Features)
- Bob Dylan, Don't Look Back (2002, New Video group)
- The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (2006, New Yorker)
- Woodstock 3 Days of Peace & Music (2009, Warner Bros.)
- Live Aid (2004, Warner Music)
You might want to spend some time getting to better know this artist and activist!