Acclaimed artist and lifelong human rights activist Joan Baez will bring her “Fare thee well” tour to the Boch Center Wang Theatre for two nights only, September 14 and 15. These shows, following 50 UK and European dates, are part of her limited and select North American itinerary marking her last year of formal touring.
Recorded over a ten-day period in L.A., Whistle Down The Wind was produced by 3-time Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint and others) and includes songs written by Tom Waits, Anohni, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Josh Ritter, Eliza Gilkyson and more. Of working with Henry, Baez comments, “It was a hunch on both our parts that we could make an album together. As it turned out it was a no brainer. We both work fast and were musically on the same wavelength. I work best with musicians who are as willing as I am to wing it and he assembled a group of players who did just that. Meaning invent each song from scratch.”
The new music marks her first release since 2008’s Grammy-nominated album, Day After Tomorrow. Its release, which ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement for Baez, coincided with the 50th anniversary of her legendary 1958 residency at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge.
Joan Baez remains a musical force of incalculable influence. She marched on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war, stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London’s Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday, and, most recently, protested the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. To this day she continues to stand passionately on behalf of causes she embraces.
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wang Theatre has housed the performing arts since opening in 1925, developing from a movie “cathedral” and home to vaudeville musicals and big bands, to today’s role as an impressive venue for world-class theatre, music, Broadway, and dance.