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We saved the best review for last. Our official recap of the stunning Brandi Carlile performance of the entire Blue album on Monday night. Reviewer Sam Stone takes you there.

The Grammys' expansion of their definition of traditional pop resulted in a spike in the number of entries in its best traditional pop vocal album category, from 55 last year to 81 this year.

The expansion brought in such entries as the all-star Joni 75: A Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration (Live), Barbra Streisand's Walls, Elvis Costello & the Imposters' Look Now and Bryan Ferry and his Orchestra's Bitter-Sweet. The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be will be held January 26.

The ‘Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration’ album will be released on vinyl as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday celebrations in the US on November 29! The 2-LP set will be pressed in a limited edition of 3,000 copies and available from any participating local record retailer. A wider release will occur at a later date.

More information on Record Store Day Black Friday is here.

In 1971, as her album Blue topped charts around the world, Joni Mitchell crafted one hundred copies of Morning Glory on the Vine as a holiday gift for her closest friends. For this stunningly beautiful book, Joni hand-wrote an exquisite selection of her own lyrics and poems and illustrated them with more than thirty of her original paintings and watercolors. Hand-crafted, signed, and numbered in Los Angeles, the existing copies of this labor of love have rarely been seen in the past half-century.

Now, as Joni celebrates her seventy-sixth birthday, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings is available widely for the first time. In this faithfully reproduced facsimile edition, Joni's best-loved lyrics and poems spill across the pages in her own elegant script. More information here.

Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said.

Lawson's smooth baritone led the group of five and later six singers, who were revered as the "The Kings of a Cappella" by their small but devoted fan base. Through 25 albums the Persuasions recorded rock, blues, gospel and pop songs, all with no sound other than their own voices, long after the doo-wop era and long before the "Pitch Perfect" movies, when a cappella was rare. -Andrew Dalton

The Persuasions accompanied Joni on her 1979 tour, doing an opening set, then being brought back to join Joni on "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and "Shadows and Light".

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The Joni Mitchell Songbook brings together a group of top-drawer musicians, led by singer Sarah Miller and keyboard player Aidan Goldstraw, whose devotion to the artist’s back catalogue shines through in performance. This is no ordinary tribute act – it’s an evening spent together, exploring the work of a musical genius.

This comprehensive survey of Joni’s career includes landmarks such as Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River and A Case of You (both from the breakthrough album Blue), the radio hits of Help Me and Free Man In Paris (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira). More information here.

A Celebration of Joni Mitchell featuring Kimberly Ford is a rocking tribute to the most iconic singer-songwriter of the Woodstock generation. Mitchell touched millions with her nearly 40-year career that spanned genres from contemporary folk to jazz to full-throated pop-rock. This incredible seven-piece band, modeled on Joni’s tenure with Tom Scott & the L.A. Express, plays all your favorite tunes, like Help Me, Both Sides Now, Conversation, Blue, River, All I Want, Free Man in Paris, Carey and, of course, Woodstock. The band also throws in a few you might not have heard before ... More information here.


Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Performed by The Joni Project in celebration of Joni’s 76th birthday!

Traffic’s The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Performed by Jelly Band

Blue is Joni Mitchell’s fourth studio album and today is considered of the greatest albums of all time; The New York Times named Blue of the 25 albums that represented "turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music.” Rolling stone made it #30 on their list of 500 Greatest Albums of all time, the highest entry by a female artist, and NPR chose Blue as the greatest album of all time made by a woman.TWO VINTAGE ALBUMS FROM 1971 PERFORMED BY SOME OF LONG ISLAND’S BEST MUSICIANS. Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Performed by The Joni Project in celebration of Joni’s 76th birthday!

Traffic’s The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Performed by Jelly Band

Jellyband has cultivated a loyal following throughout Long Island and beyond by crafting unusual and surprising sets drawing from such disparate artists as the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Traffic and many more. The virtuoso musicians that comprise JellyBand have been on the Long Island music scene for more than twenty years, with Jim Fontana (Bass), Kevin Griffin (Guitar/Vocals), Mike Katzman (Keys/Vocals), Ann McInerney (Woodwinds/Vocals) and Jesse Smith (Drums). More information here.

Come celebrate Joni’s 76th birthday with some of her biggest fans! Joni’s music and art has touched the lives of so many.

This show will have songs showcased from the following albums: Song to a Seagull, Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon, Blue, For the Roses, Court and Spark, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, Mingus and Night Ride Home. That's over two decades of music! Lauren and The Good Souls will be the hosts for this evening and consist of...
Lauren Faggiano - guitar, piano and vocals
Sara Rogers – vocals, guitar and trumpet
Ken Schumacher – bass
Nelson Rivera – percussion and tenor saxophone
Sungmin Shin – lead guitar
Cindy Tag – saxophones, clarinet and flute
Marc DeSalvo – drums
Amanda Dimino – vocals and cello

To make this evening that much more special, Cynthea Kelley and Denali Ries will be making a guest appearance to share some of their favorites with you all.

$15 Pre-sale - General Admission
$20 at the door - General Admission
More information here.

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