Joni Mitchell - one of the world's most-remarkable artists - turned 75 November 7, 2018. To celebrate this milestone, The Music Center, Los Angeles' premiere performing arts center, assembled an incredible group of singers and musicians at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to perform Mitchell's songs at a pair of sold-out shows that garnered rave reviews by those in attendance.
The star-studded list of performers represents a vast cross-section of genres, a true testament to the influence Mitchell's music has had since her 1968 debut. Performers include Brandi Carlile; Glen Hansard; Emmylou Harris; Norah Jones; Chaka Khan; Diana Krall; Kris Kristofferson; Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro, and Xochi Flores; Graham Nash; Seal; James Taylor; and Rufus Wainwright. The concerts were led by co-musical directors and Mitchell collaborators Brian Blade and Jon Cowherd.
Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center, said, "We were so fortunate to be able to produce two concerts that honored one of the world's most inspirational and dynamic artists, Joni Mitchell; they were once-in-a-lifetime experiences for all those able to attend and celebrate her. Now, thanks to our partners at Rhino, so many more people will... experience Joni's extraordinary talents expressed by other incredible music legends whose lives and music were deeply impacted by her artistry."
The performances highlight songs from all stages of Mitchell's career and touch upon many of her most-treasured albums. Seal delivered a standout moment with his tender version of "Both Sides, Now," a song from Mitchell's second album, Clouds (1969), which earned her the first of eight career Grammy® Awards.
Norah Jones spanned 20 years of Mitchell's music with two songs: the title track from Court and Spark (1974) and "Borderline" from Turbulent Indigo (1994), which won the Grammy for Best Pop Album. Wainwright, however, took a different approach and focused instead on a single album with performances of "All I Want" and the title track from Blue (1971), an album that's widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time.
Throughout the show, performers delivered personal takes on some of their favorites from Mitchell's songbook. Taylor sang "River" from Blue and "Woodstock" from Ladies of the Canyon (1970), albums that Mitchell recorded around the time the two were dating. The lone exception was Nash, who performed "Our House," a song he wrote about living with Mitchell in Laurel Canyon. To close the show, all the performers returned to the stage for a group singalong to Mitchell's best-known song, "Big Yellow Taxi."
- Double LP
- Gatefold jacket
- Dreamland (Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Xochi Flores & Cesar Castro)
- Help Me (Chaka Khan)
- Amelia (Diana Krall)
- All I Want (Rufus Wainwright)
- Coyote (Glen Hansard)
- River (James Taylor)
- Both Sides Now (Seal)
- Our House (Graham Nash)
- A Case Of You (Kris Kristofferson & Brandi Carlile)
- Down To You (Brandi Carlile)
- Blue (Rufus Wainwright)
- Court And Spark (Norah Jones)
- Nothing Can Be Done (Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Xochi Flores & Cesar Castro)
- The Magdalene Laundries (Emmylou Harris)
- Woodstock (James Taylor)
- Big Yellow Taxi (La Marisoul, James Taylor, Chaka Khan & Brandi Carlile)