Norah Jones, Graham Nash, Chaka Khan, and Kris Kristofferson, among others, will perform in honor of the legendary Joni Mitchell at Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration this fall.
The two-day concert, presented by The Music Center, is in honor of the singer-songwriter’s 75th birthday. The event is set to take place from November 6 to 7 at Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. While Mitchell will take the stage, other artists on the bill include Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard, Seal, Los Lobos, Diana Krall, and Rufus Wainwright. All artists will perform songs from Mitchell’s large catalog.
Created by The Music Center’s Artistic Advisor Jorn Weisbrodt, Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration will be co-directed by producer Jon Cowherd and percussionist/touring band member for Mitchell, Brian Blade. In addition to Blade, almost all of the performing artists have worked with Mitchell before or recorded one of her songs.
“I am very pleased to take part in these concerts honoring my friend Joni, without doubt one of the greatest writers we have,” Graham Nash, who wrote “Our House” with Mitchell, said in a statement.
Weisbrodt described Mitchell’s songs as “sublime paintings of the landscsape of human emotions and the mind.”
“Her view is that of the bird and of the surgeon,” he said in a statement. “There is an unprecedented marriage of intimacy and universality that permeates all of her work. Her art compares to no other, but relates to all of us. A pioneer and builder of her very own tower of song, Joni is a wanderer and a searcher, someone who did not rest but always moved forward, exploring new territory and inviting her audiences to travel on new trails with her.
“It has been the joy, privilege and honor of my life to develop these evenings for her and consult with her on this voyage. I cannot wait for her and all her friends to experience the magic that everyone on and behind the stage is going to create with her songs.”
On Mitchell’s actual birthday – November 7 – the Music Center will hold a special charity birthday dinner at the same venue. Tickets start at $2,500 and reach up to $100,000, with funds benefiting the Music Center programs.
Throughout her five-decade career, Mitchell garnered nine Grammy awards, and in 2017, her 1971 record Blue was named No. 1 on NPR’s list of the 150 greatest albums made by women. She has 19 studio albums, with her most recent being 2007’s Shine. Both Blue and 1974’s Court and Spark reached Platinum status in the U.S.