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This Thursday - in addition to being Thanksgiving day in the USA - marks the 40th anniversary of The Band's Last Waltz, the legendary concert event held in San Francisco. "The one I remember most was Joni Mitchell," says John Simon, musical director of the event. "The chords she played on the guitar were not standard. The guys would look at her left hand and go, 'What? I remember this one quote from her: I said ‘What’s that chord?’ And she said, ‘I don’t know the name of it. I tune my guitar this way, to make myself stupid’ – in other words, to not fall into pre-determined patterns, patterns she was used to." Rhino has released a 40th Anniversary 5-disc set to commemorate the event. (Photo of Joni and Robbie Robertson © Steve Gladstone)

Joni and Leonard Cohen, both Canadians, met at the Newport Folk Festival in 1967. "For Cohen as well as Mitchell, Toronto played a pivotal career-making role. It was Jack McClelland who almost single-handedly created CanLit, and turned Cohen into a literary star by publishing his work. Joni and Leonard were both blazingly original talents on the verge of breaking into American mainstream culture. Indeed, both would eventually settle in Los Angeles and remain there for decades." Our hearts go out to all those who loved Leonard Cohen.

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"Hey Everybody -- I am beyond excited to invite all of you to this show coming up on December 7. 'John Plays Joni' is my birthday gift to you: songs by one of the greatest artists of our time (and my personal favorite songwriter) interpreted on voice and piano by John Willis Music and a host of talented friends from our local music community. Mark this event down on your calendars, and visit this page for updates."

$10 at the door. Come for dinner and stay for a show! Reserve a table for dinner or the show today by calling 501-244-9660.

Sessions at South on Main is a series of concerts featuring Arkansas artists, curated by one of their own. I am curating the December Sessions. My birthday show will kick off the month; watch the South on Main website and social media for updates on the rest of December. More info here.

Many New York cabaret performers have tackled the songbook of the iconic Joni Mitchell, but few have put the kind of transformative twist on it the way Remy Block did when she performed On a Lonely Road: Travelin' with Joni between 2014-2015 at Don't Tell Mama and The Duplex. Block's tribute to the legendary pop singer/songwriter was a personal exploration of a young woman's life as a seeker, a lover, and an artist, with Mitchell's tunes serving as the "sacred text and rough guide" for her journey.

Now, Remy Block is bringing a revised version of On a Lonely Road: Travelin' with Joni to PANGEA (178 2nd Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets) on December 8 at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door (cash only) with a $20 food/drink minimum. For reservations, go here.

The Fiddle & Bow Society will present the “Joan & Joni Tribute Show” at 8 p.m. Friday at Muddy Creek Music Hall, 5455 Bethania Road.

Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin perform some of Joan Baez’s and Joni Mitchell’s best-loved songs.

They met at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference in 2013. The two singer-songwriters take inspiration from and pay tribute to Baez and Mitchell.

Tickets are $18, $16 for Fiddle & Bow members at www.fiddleand bow.org and at the door. More information.

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