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Four Voices: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Indigo Girls

Friday

Jun 9, 2017 – 8:00 PM

3554 Walton Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309 Map

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Joan Baez
  • Indigo Girls

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Joan Baez: Joan Baez was the middle daughter of Albert Vinicio and Joan Bridge Baez. At age 10, her father took a job (and the family) to Baghdad, Iraq, for a year, after which they moved to Palo Alto, CA, home of Stanford University. In 1956, she bought her first guitar and heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s lecture on nonviolence; the following year, she heard Ira Sandperl, a Gandhian scholar, who also influenced her strongly. She graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1958, failed with a demo album, and move the next year to Massachusetts where her father had taken a teaching position at MIT. She performed at Club 47, a folk music club in Cambridge, and participated in an album "Folksingers 'Round Harvard Square". The same year, she met Odetta and Bob Gibson while she was performing at Chicago's The Gate Of Horn. Bob invited her to perform July 11 at the Newport Folk Festival, which launched her fame as a folksinger. Her first album for Vanguard, "Joan Baez" (1960), was a huge success. The following year, she met Bob Dylan and released her second very successful album, followed the year later by many southern civil-rights performances and "Joan Baez in Concert" (a Grammy nominee). She launched a tax revolt as part of her protest of the Vietnam war, protested Pete Seeger's exclusion by ABC-TV, and joined in the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley and the civil rights march in Selma AL. In 1967, she spent two brief periods in jail for anti-war protests. In 1969, she gave birth to Gabriel Earl while his father, David Harris, was serving 20 months of a three year sentence for draft resistance. In 1971, her songs were featured in the films Sacco e Vanzetti (1971) (aka Sacco And Vanzetti) and "Celebration At Big Sur". A 1974 world tour included Japan, Australia, Israel, Lebanon, Tunisia and Argentina. The 1978 film Renaldo and Clara (1978) featured her performances in Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder tours. In 1980, Antioch University and Rutgers University awarded her the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her music and her activism. Next year, PBS aired the documentary "There But For Fortune: Joan Baez in Latin America". The albums, causes and concerts continue, far too numerous to list here.

Indigo Girls: Folk rock duo, Indigo Girls, met each other in elementary school and have been recording and touring since the late '80s. The Indigo Girls have gone independent and are recording, producing, and performing music on their own accord. The activist folk rockers will be on tour throughout 2011 at select venues. Don't miss a date on the Indigo Girls tour calendar. Use Eventful as your source for Indigo Girls tour dates and concert schedule information.

The girls met each other in elementary school in Decatur, Georgia. They formed the Indigo Girls while at Emory University in the mid '80s and began performing at the local college scene. They released a self-titled EP in 1987 before cutting their debut LP, Strange Fire, later that year. Indigo Girls tour dates were scheduled throughout Georgia in the hopes that they could secure a recording contract off the hype that their live performances generated. As luck and talent would have it, they were signed to Epic Records in 1988 following a string of successful women folk acts like Tracy Chapman. Their major label debut, Indigo Girls, was released in 1988 and hit #22 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the hit "Closer to Fine", and earned the duo a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a Platinum plaque. The Indigo Girls toured and performed at hundreds of concerts, highlighting their passion for live performance.

After releasing several more albums in the '90s, the Indigo Girls scored their first top ten album with Swamp Ofelia in 1994. They followed this up with their highest charting album to-date, Shaming of the Sun, which peaked at #7 in 1997. That year, the Indigo Girls toured to promote the disc and headlined the first annual Lillith Fair Tour, which featured female musicians. During the early part of the 2000s, the girls released two more well-received albums before parting ways with Epic Records. They then moved over to Hollywood Records, released one album, Despite Our Differences, and were subsequently dropped from the label during the Indigo Girls' tour in 2007.

The Indigo Girls then decided to go independent and began releasing their unique politically charged folk music their own way. They started an independent label, IG Recordings, and released Poseidon and the Bitter Bug in 2009. The Indigo Girls are also very politically active in the environmentalist movement and have Greenpeace representatives along tour stops at Indigo Girls concerts. The Indigo Girls developed the Honor The Earth Tour to raise awareness on college campuses. The duo closed out the decade with another album, Holly Happy Days, and have been promoting the disc on the road ever since its release in 2010. Don't miss a date on the Indigo Girls concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Indigo Girls tour dates and concert tour information.

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