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Joan Baez at Tanglewood

June 23, 2013 concert review by

Joan Baez performed at Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon, 6.23.13
Joan Baez at Tanglewood; Hilary Scott photo.
Joan Baez delighted an audience of perhaps 5,000 at Tanglewood on June 23, 2013 fifty years after playing to a sold-out audience at the Boy’s Club in Pittsfield on August 14, 1963. At Tanglewood, she sang Bob Dylan’s plaintive It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, his vituperative Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, and her own beautiful Diamonds and Rust, which describes her relationship with him. At the Boy’s Club show, she sang two Bob Dylan songs and then brought him onstage where he sang three of his own!

Joan Baez cover of Time magazineJoan Baez appears as beautiful today in person as she did in 1962 when a Russell C. Hoban painting of her appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Anytime the 60s is mentioned, the image of Joan Baez is evoked, so long as the 60s still reference a time when world peace and human rights were what it’s all about. It always and everywhere is for her, from Mississippi in the 60s, to Czechoslovakia in the 80s, and Bosnia in the 90s. She got Amnesty International’s top award in 2011; top honors from the USA await.

Today, she told us about the Woodstock museum at Bethel Woods where she performed the day before, pointing out that it is about way more than merely the August 1969 festival, which she headlined while pregnant with son Gabe, now collecting a check as her drummer. Father David Harris had been busted by the Feds a month earlier and wound up spending 15 months in prison for draft evasion.

Joan Baez at the White House

In 2010, Joan Baez performed at the White House Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.

The Indigo Girls opened the concert with a rocking set that had the audience up and dancing on the lawn.

Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls at Tanglewood
Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls at Tanglewood; Hilary Scott photo.

Songs performed by Joan Baez at Tanglewood, June 23, 2013:

Lily of the West (Traditional cover)
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan cover)
Joe Hill
Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell cover)
Deportee
Hard Time Come No More
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Traditional cover)
Country Blues (Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry) (Dock Boggs cover)
The House of the Rising Sun (The Animals cover)
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
Diamonds and Rust

Encore:
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Bob Dylan cover) (with Indigo Girls)
Welcome Me (with Indigo Girls)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band cover) (with Indigo Girls)
The Water Is Wide (Traditional cover) (with Indigo Girls)

2nd encore – with the audience: Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob Dylan cover)

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