Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

Joan Baez, 40 Years Later 

When Joan Baez plays here in Bend on Sunday night, it will be exactly 40 years and one day after the legendary folk singer closed

click to enlarge onstage_joan-baez.jpg
When Joan Baez plays here in Bend on Sunday night, it will be exactly 40 years and one day after the legendary folk singer closed the first night of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, New York. Yes, that Woodstock.


On August 15, 1969 Baez took to the stage, and although six months pregnant, played a set that music historians are still talking about. She was joined on stage by Richard Festinger and Jeffrey Shurtleff, both on guitars, but also played solo, stopping to tell the crowd about her husband, David Harris, who had been jailed for refusing to follow draft orders. Her speech was just the beginning of what would be a starkly anti-Vietnam themed weekend at the festival.

Her set list included a combination of originals and traditional folk songs, including "Oh Happy Day," "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "I Shall Be Released." She also performed a gutsy a cappella version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and closed her set by playing a defiant take on the classic spiritual, "We Shall Overcome," a song that had been and still was integral in the civil rights movement.

These days, Baez still holds the title of the "female Bob Dylan" and tours widely. Last year, she released Day After Tomorrow, which added to a long and esteemed discography that stretches back a full decade before Woodstock.

And that, friends, concludes this week's lesson in music history.

Joan Baez, Janis Ian

6:30pm, Sunday, August 16. Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr. Tickets available at Newport Avenue Market.

Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of On Stage

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Source Weekly Newsletter

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • American Hybrid

    • Nov 14, 2018
    Jesse Dayton combines styles and experience with legends to create "smart" country music More »
  • Purpose Fulfilled

    • Nov 14, 2018
    Trumpet player Charlie Porter releases his self-titled debut album More »
  • Young Reflections

    • Nov 7, 2018
    Church of Neil offers a different kind of worship and a nonprofit fundraiser to boot More »
  • More »

More by The Source Staff

Readers also liked…

© 2018 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation