Folk singer Joan Baez is coming to Grass Valley on July 25

Folk singer Joan Baez will perform at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on July 25 in a concert hosted by the Center for the Arts.

Tickets go on sale to Encore members on May 1, Center members on May 12 and the general public on May 27, according to the Center’s website.

Baez has performed for more than 55 years, releasing more than 30 albums.

Songs associated with Baez include “Diamonds & Rust,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “We Shall Overcome,” among others. Baez performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence.

Baez has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.

“She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable — marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty Interna­tional tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park,” according to The Center’s website.

“She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war.”

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