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Superstars (including Joni) and rising stars band together to ask Congress to support independent music venues across the country in the quest to #SaveOurStages.

"Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again."

A new two-part documentary series titled Laurel Canyon, focusing on the fertile music scene that coalesced in the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name, where many famous artists resided and congregated starting in the late 1960s, will premiere on Epix on May 31 and June 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

The program will include music from such legendary artists as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Eagles, The Mamas & the Papas, Jackson Browne, The Monkees, The Turtles, Buffalo Springfield and more.

It also will feature rare and newly rediscovered film footage and audio, as well as new interviews with Browne, Don Henley, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Roger McGuinn and others.

You can check out a teaser trailer for Laurel Canyon now at the Epix YouTube channel. The video includes a montage of archival film and photos of various famous musicians, along with commentary from The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Nash, David Crosby and more.

Dolenz notes that Laurel Canyon "was a very small community of musicians and long-haired weirdos," while Nash declares, "We were at the very center of this beautiful bubble of creativity and friendship."

Crosby, meanwhile, says, "When a chemistry happens between people musically, it's magic."

Laurel Canyon was directed by Alison Ellwood, whose credits include 2013's History of the Eagles and the new documentary The Go-Go's.

Philadelphia’s Gene Shay — the voice of a music community for over 50 years, a celebrator and curator of folk music on the airwaves and an eager supporter of it from the stage — has passed away at age 85 from complications surrounding COVID-19. Shay debuted on Philadelphia radio in 1962 at WRTI, and hosted the Folk Show on WXPN from 1995 to 2015.

The impact and influence of that show cannot be overstated. Joni famously wrote her song “Both Sides Now” during downtime when she was playing two nights at Sansom Street venue The Second Fret, and premiered it with an acoustic performance for Shay and his listeners on the WDAS airwaves. [-John Vettese].

You can read a series of interviews with Gene and Joni here.

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Darling Dimestore Thieves is a Joni Mitchell tribute band based in Eugene, Oregon.

Darling Dimestore Thieves was created out of our love for Joni Mitchell and her incredible body of work. We cover all periods of Joni's career with an emphasis on her very prolific 1974-1976 period when she released Court and Spark, The Hissing Of Summer Lawns, and her masterpiece Hejira. We also feature songs from the Clouds, Blue, For the Roses, Ladies of the Canyon, Night Ride Home, Turbulent Indigo, Wild Things Run Fast, and Shine albums. Throughout this remarkable experience, we remain humbled by the unique genius of Joni Mitchell. More information here.

Love City Music Collective presents “Reckless Daughter - The Celebration of Joni Mitchel”, their collaboration event show in honor of one of music’s greatest and most innovative artists, Joni Mitchell.

Led by Love City Music Collective founder and lead vocalist, Peg Talbott-Lane, “Reckless Daughter” is comprised of some of the finest area musicians and singers who all share a deep love for Ms. Mitchell’s works. The band - Barry Hollander, Tony Winkler, Troy Shoenmeier (Guitars), Rob Lawrence on piano and organ, Glenn Marrazzo on bass, Mark Schreiber and James Farrell on drums/percussion, and arranger Mark Zelesky leading the horn section.

Joining Ms. Talbott-Lane on vocals, are guest vocalists Irene Lambrou (Almshouse) and Amanda Brizzi (Hotsy Totsy). Combining their different vocal approaches and influence between rock, jazz, theater and harmonic capabilities, their approach to the songs is authentic and personal, delivering the raw emotion the songs at times demand of any singer seeking to interpret them.

In this performance, “Reckless Daughter” will perform the hits and deep cuts of Ms. Mitchell’s focused primarily on mid-career selections from albums such as Court & Spark, For the Roses and deeper tracks from Hissing of Summer Lawns along with arrangements from Miles of Aisles of her earlier works. This show will feature a performance of Ms. Mitchell’s masterpiece album, Hejira.

The songs on Hejira were largely written by Mitchell on a trip by car from Maine back to Los Angeles, California, with prominent imagery including highways, small towns and snow. Characterized by lyrically dense, sprawling songs, and graced with the overdubbed bass playing of Jaco Pastorius, Hejira continued Mitchell's journey beyond her pop records towards the freer, jazz-inspired music she would create on later recordings. “Coyote", "Amelia", and "Hejira" subsequently became concert staples especially after being featured on the live album Shadows and Light, alongside "Furry Sings the Blues" and "Black Crow." The theme of the title song summarizes the beautiful tone of the whole album...it’s leaving the dream, no one to blame.

Coming on the heels of Reckless Daughter’s November debut, this cabaret-style show is for the ultimate Joni Mitchell fan. Tickets are limited to seating for this performance. More information here.

Kiki includes tunes from the early years of "Blue" and "Song to a Seagull," then explores Joni's jazzy side with cuts from her "Mingus" record and "Wild Things Run Fast." Enjoy classics like “Both Sides Now,” "Woodstock", "River" and “Case of You” as well as deep tracks like “Blonde in the Bleachers" and "Michael From Mountains"; then sing along to favorites like “Big Yellow Taxi”, Raised on Robbery" and “Free Man in Paris". More information here.

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