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Farewell to Gracie

The women who sang at the Joni Mitchell Tribute last weekend did the singing legend proud. Kudos to them and to all who helped mount that terrific show.

One of the singers was Gracie MacKenzie, a 26-year resident of Nevada County who is leaving town to take care of her mom in Albuquerque. A woman of many accomplishments (a founder of SYRCL, lead singer in “Big Fish, Small Pond,” and host of the very popular open mike at the former Kirby’s Creekside for seven years), she said she’s leaving on a real high.

“It was a perfect sendoff,” she said. “I love working with women, and it was extraordinary working with these women.”



Not only did the women receive standing ovations, a lot of people came back a second time ” a real tribute to the professionalism displayed and the nostalgia evoked. If you closed your eyes, you’d think Joni herself was on stage.

“We asked ‘what’s the next girl show we can do?'” and although she’ll be a couple of states away, MacKenzie said, “Absolutely, I’ll be back to participate in it.”


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