Folk icon Joan Baez to play in Grass Valley |

Folk icon Joan Baez to play in Grass Valley

Submitted to The Union

Folk music icon and social justice activist Joan Baez will be featured in concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley Friday, July 25, as part of The Center for the Arts' off-site series.

Tickets go on sale to the Center for the Arts Encore Club members today with tickets available to members on May 12 and on sale to the general public May 27.

"This will be a perfect opportunity to become a member during our Spring Membership drive," center Executive Director Julie Baker said. "Premium seating is sure to be in high demand for this very special evening with one of America's most important artists. We're pleased to be able to offer early access to tickets to our members and supporters."

Baez has been as busy as ever in the five years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-09, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge and subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.

In addition to multiple tours of the U.S. and abroad, the recent past has included the induction of Joan's 1960 debut Vanguard LP by the National Recording Academy into the Grammy Hall Of Fame and the presentation to her of the inaugural Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights at Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary gathering in 2012.

She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable — marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty Interna­tional tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park.

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She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then 40 years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage in protesting the Iraq war.

Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular before she unself-consciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, beginning a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues to this day.

Among the many honors bestowed upon her, she is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the greatest honor that the Recording Academy can bestow (2007). "Day After Tomorrow," her 2008 album, was praised by critics and nominated for a Grammy. Its release was followed by the PBS American Masters premier of her life story, "Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound."

The Center for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization supported by membership. During its Spring Membership Drive, those who join, renew or upgrade their memberships will be entered to win weekly prizes or the grand prize — an annual pass for two tickets to any center-produced show from June 2014 through May 2015.

Julie Baker says, "Discounts and early access to tickets are very popular benefits that we're able to offer to those who choose to support the center.

The Spring Membership Drive is a key element in our annual fundraising so we encourage the community to join in and benefit with great seats for Joan Baez, along with discounted tickets for all center productions."

This story was submitted to The Union by the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

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