Joni Mitchell’s 75th Celebrated at All-Star Concert

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The stars came out in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 6, to celebrate Joni Mitchell‘s 75th birthday. The first of two concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, was billed as JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live. (Mitchell’s landmark day was on November 7, when a second such concert was being held.)

The all-star lineup included such legends as James Taylor, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Seal, Kris Kristofferson, and more, each performing songs written (or inspired) by the singer-songwriter. See the complete setlist and several clips from the concert below.

The diverse array of singers and musicians also included Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Los Lobos, and Rufus Wainwright. Co-musical directors, providing the musical arrangements for the evenings, were percussionist Brian Blade, who recorded three studio albums and toured extensively with Mitchell, and pianist, composer, arranger producer Jon Cowherd.

Mitchell performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1972 and 1974.

Several of the evening’s performers sang a song in each of the concert’s halves. James Taylor, for instance, sang “River” in the first half and “Woodstock” in the second.

Watch Seal close the first half with “Both Sides Now” and then return to sing “A Strange Boy” (Clip reverses the two)

Watch Norah Jones open the concert and performing a second song during the evening’s second half

“I am very pleased to take part in these concerts honoring my friend Joni, without doubt one of the greatest writers we have,” said Graham Nash, who famously wrote “Our House” while living with Mitchell.

Watch Emmylou Harris sing two songs back-to-back

Thanks, as always, to the great clips from Cal Vid.

Joni Mitchell at 75, November 6, 2018, Setlist

1. Court and Spark – Norah Jones
2. Coyote – Glen Hansard
3. For The Roses – Diana Krall
4. Blue – Rufus Wainwright
5. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire – Emmylou Harris
6. The Magdalene Laundries – Emmylou Harris
7. Help Me – Chaka Khan
8. Dreamland – Los Lobos
9. Nothing Can Be Done – Los Lobos
10. River – James Taylor
11. Both Sides Now – Seal

Second Half
1. Our House – Graham Nash
2. A Strange Boy – Seal
3. All I Want – Rufus Wainwright
4. Borderline – Norah Jones
5. Amelia – Diana Krall
6. The Boho Dance – Glen Hansard
7. A Case of You – Kris Kristofferson
8. Down To You – Brandi Carlile
9. Two Grey Rooms – Chaka Khan
10. Woodstock – James Taylor
11. Big Yellow Taxi – full lineup

Watch the lyric video for “Big Yellow Taxi,” released for Mitchell’s 75th birthday

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