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BLUE: celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s acclaimed album
September 26, 2021 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm EDTFree
Join Hannah Reimann (vocals, piano and dulcimer) and Michele Temple (guitars and backing vocals) at a special free after-show event that closes The Village Trip 2021. Hear them perform Blue in its entirety, a performance that marks the album’s fifty-year anniversary.
Reimann’s retrospective of the work of Joni Mitchell began in 2012 when she, Temple, Thad DeBrock and Felipe Torres performed the album, Blue, at The Bitter End. After that, with her collaborators and especially with Temple, she has acquired a repertoire of over 30 songs from Mitchell’s first six albums, performing shows in four US states.
The New Yorker has described Reimann as “an uncanny interpreter of Mitchell’s canon” and Patrick Leader of JoniMitchell.com commented: “All of these renditions were note-perfect. There are few better ways to spend an evening than to hear Joni Mitchell’s music done well.”
Mitchell was one of many artists reviewed by New York Times critic Robert Shelton, whose, critique of a callow Bob Dylan at Gerdes Folk City on September 29, 1961, launched his career. Of Mitchell, playing at The Bitter End, he wrote in the Times on July 5, 1968, that songs such as “Circle Game” and “Both Sides Now” were her strongest to date, “foreshadowing a strong future as a writer”. Under the headline “Singer-Songwriters Are Making a Comeback”, Shelton noted “a fine voice”, observing that Mitchell “writes like a poet and strums like the devil.”