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Title:Tribute to Joan Baez & Joni Mitchell at Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Date:9/15/2018 (Saturday)
Address:UU Church social hall, 326 Main St. Wakefield, MA 01880
Location:Wakefield, MA
Hours:8pm
Cost/Cover:$20 (under 18 $10
Web Page:http://www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org
Contact Info:Liz at 781 246 2836
Details:The Linden Tree Coffeehouse opens their 34th season on Saturday, September 15th at 8pm with a musical tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Besides the similarity of their first names, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell have quite a bit in common. Both women emerged during the folk movement of the 1960s. Both showed remarkable range as vocalists. Both proved that music could have a powerful impact, as an instrument of sociopolitical change or as means of personal expression. The resonance these two remarkable women have had is the subject of “Joan & Joni,” a musical tribute by two singer-songwriters, Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. Shapira and Martin will present their tribute.

The set list features a plethora of covers; Shapira handles Baez’ songs, and Martin sings material written by Mitchell. In addition, each woman contributes harmony vocals for the other’s songs. (There is a visual connection, as well. Shapira, like Baez, has dark hair, while Martin has blonde tresses similar to Mitchell.) But the performances are not impersonations, said Shapira. “We’re not imitating them,” she said. “We’re singing their songs, but in our style.” In addition, both Martin and Shapira will play their own songs, which reflect the Baez’s and Mitchell’s influence. “We hope people will enjoy our music and understand the effect these two women had on us,” Shapira said.

“Joan & Joni” is the product of more than three years of musical friendship. Martin and Shapira met each other online when each singer was looking for a roommate for the annual conference of the Northeast Folk Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA). “We realized how much we had in common,” Shapira said. “We talked about our music and about our influences.”

Shapira said that she had always admired Baez, while Martin was a long-time Mitchell fan. “That made us think: What if we did a tribute to them? As soon as we had the name, ‘Joan & Joni,’ people started asking where they could buy tickets.” That reaction is understandable, according to Shapira. She noted that Baez has won admirers for her stance on social causes. “I’ve read her autobiography, and I understand the extent to which music and activism were connected throughout her life.”

Shapira said her favorite Baez song is “Diamonds and Rust,” which she praised for its “vivid imagery, its storytelling, and the raw emotion behind it.” Joan would take songs and interpret them in her own way,” Shapira said. “Her singing has so much power, so much authenticity. I appreciate how she uses a song to raise awareness.”

As for Mitchell, Shapira said that few songwriters have been able to take personal experiences and shape them into art that is so universally felt. In addition, Mitchell expanded the boundaries of song structure with jazz-like melodies and arrangements. “Kipyn does an amazing job interpreting Joni’s songs,” Shapira said. “Her version of ‘A Case of You’ is so real. You’re in the moment with her.”

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Wakefield, at 326 Main St, Wakefield 01880. Thanks to support in part from the Massachusetts Cultural Coucil, Wakefield Chapter, tickets remain $20 for adults, $10 for those under 18. Home made baked goods and beverages are sold before the concert and during intermission. Seating begins at 7:30pm, show at 8.
For reservations or information, call 718- 246 -2836 and leave a message. www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org.


Event is:One Day Only
Audience:All Welcome
Category:Arts and Entertainment
Sponsored By:Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Submitted by:Liz
 
 
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