A CHRONOLOGY OF APPEARANCES
Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001
 

1974.03.02  Berkeley Community Theatre  Berkeley, CA

» This Concert is a part of the 1974 Summer Tour of North America.

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PeggieC on 2015-Apr-01 at 00:38:55 GMT-5:
I went to this concert with some good friends who, like me, couldn't wait to see Joni in person. We owned all of her albums and loved her music. She didn't disappoint - not even a tiny bit.

The first part of the show she performed with the Yellow Jackets - Robben Ford, Tom Scott, et. al. - Fantastic! We were all so steeped in the album, "Court and Spark" and this concert was like the live version of that wonderful album. After a short intermission, Joni came back on the stage - just Joni. She played her guitar, her dulcimer and her piano and sang so beautifully it was mesmerizing.

The best of the best part for me, as a musician myself, was when Joni, at the piano, started playing "For Free". She played the intro and then began to sing, and then suddenly just stopped. She said something like, "This is the wrong key! Sorry about that". And then she started the song over again in the correct key and when on to play and sing like magic. I LOVED the fact that she just stopped - fixed it - and went ahead and played. Too any musicians would wither under the stress of making a mistake in front of an audience, but Joni just seemed to be saying, "ah, fuck it - wrong key - I'll start again". And I loved her more than ever at that moment. She demonstrated what a REAL human being she is.

Also, when she got to the line in "For Free" where it goes "I've got a black limousine and two gentlemen, escorting me to the halls" she sang it as "I've got a black limousine and 16 gentlemen" and then she laughed out loud! She was right, of course. I'm sure she had at least 16 gentlemen willing to escort her anywhere - and it cracked her up!!

I learned to play her piano version of "For Free" as transcribed by Howard Wright (a fantastic and accurate transcription). And every time I come to that line about the number of gentlemen, I can't help but smile.

After another break, the third and final part of the show was when Joni returned with the band and this time she was in a fabulous evening gown. She announced that she was now going to be the "girl jazz singer" in the band. She didn't disappoint - not in any part of this wonderful concert. This concert was 41 years ago for me and yet it's like it was last month. Not many artists leave an impression on you that hangs around for four decades, but Joni... well, she's just someone quite special.
WakePollyanna on 2009-Sep-15 at 11:35:01 GMT-5:
Mrs Mitchell played the Berkeley Community Center on March 1st and 2ed according to her bio on Wally's web page. I, along with friends was at one of these performances, any one else was?

I'd got wind of when the tickets were to go on sale and had gone to Sears, in San Jose, to buy them at the Bass outlet. The gal saw how excited I was and said she would punch in the code ahead of time, into the ticket machine, when the tickets went on sale mine would be the first it would spite out. Almost the best seats I've ever had at one of her performance. The best being on stage at the Isle of Wight, just behind the Who's tower of speakers, fifteen feet from her.

For her to pick up Robben Ford, who had been tearing up the South Bay Area only months earlier, but had moved on to Los Angles to further his career, was my dream come true. She was HOT. That was one Whale of a show.

Here's the thing. When we stepped out of the center, after the show, it had hailed and the Berkeley streets had been turned white....? There were thirteen of us and no one said anything, as we were still floored from the show. Then my girlfriend said, "Is anyone going to say anything about the snow on the ground?"

We all agreed that there was snow on the ground, something that never (seldom) happens in Berkeley, but "WHAT A CONCERT".