JOAN BAEZ @ BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
New shows on sale this week at bergenPAC: Joan Baez, Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 8PM and Piff The Magic Dragon, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11AM by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.
Joan Baez has been as busy as ever in the years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.
In addition to multiple tours of the US 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 its selection in 2015 by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. In May 2015, she received Amnesty International’s highest honor, its "Ambassador of Conscience Award,” in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights. It follows 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. She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war. Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, beginning a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues to this day.
Amongst 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.
Piff The Magic Dragon
|Piff The Magic Dragon|
The stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ was without question Piff the Magic Dragon. When it comes to Piff, think Larry David in a dragon suit (with a trademark Chihuahua named Mr. Piffles) who performs jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track.
With over 12 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of fans in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2, London and Sydney Opera house.
His one-man show has had five record breaking runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two sell-out seasons at SoHo Theatre in London’s West End, a national tour of the UK and Australia.
Previously, he was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date UK tour and has just completed a six month residency at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in their flagship show Vegas Nocturne.
Piff is conquering TV too. Piff stole the show on ‘Penn and Teller: Fool Us’ and in 2015 became the breakout star of the 10th season of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Howard Stern and Howie Mandel were huge fans and singled Piff out as one of the funniest and most unique acts in the history of the show. America agreed and voted Piff into the finals.
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office (201) 227-1030
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