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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on August 18, 2010 at 8:38 am
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Folk Singer and 1960s Social Activist Joan Baez

When you think about the quintessential 1960s folk singer, names like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez come to mind.  And nest month, Joan Baez is coming to town.

Joan Baez - 1963 - March on WashingtonHer vibrato style, passionate delivery and association with many causes of the 1960s such as the anti-Vietnam war movement, civil rights and equal rights placed her at many of the major events of the tumultuous 1960s.

She performed the civil-rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” in Washington DC as part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Two years later, she joined MLK again on his famous 1965 Selma to Montgomery march for civil rights, giving a concert for marchers en route.

She also performed at a benefit for the United Farm Workers union in 1966, and joined César Chávez and migrant farm workers as they fought for fair wages and safe working conditions in the farms of California.

Her most notable performance was probably her set at the 1969 Woodstock Festival as the final performer of the festival’s first evening.  Her song list included two classic Gospel songs, “Oh Happy Day” and “We Shall Overcome”.

Joan Baez 2003Baez is best known for her hits “Diamonds & Rust”, along with covers of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Farewell, Angelina”, and “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word”.  But after performing concerts for over 50 years, and releasing more than 30 albums in eight languages, she’s not just a one hit wonder…she’s an American folk icon.

Joan Baez & Steve Earle Music Center at Strathmore – Concert Hall, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland (map)

Dates & Times – Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.

Tickets – $49.50 – $75.00 and are available online or call 301-581-5100.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Grosvenor-Strathmore – Red line.  Exit the garage on the 4th floor and take the sky bridge leading to the main entrance.

Parking – Park free at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage. Valet Parking – $15.00.

Images – March on Washington, Baez 2003

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