A Chronology of Appearances

This work-in-progress lists all currently known appearances, drawn from a variety of sources.
Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001-2016.
Special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance.
Latest Update: August 15, 2015
Please send comments, corrections or additions to: simon@icu.com

1979.08.03 Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK

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  • Joni on Stage with Pat Metheny.  Photo by Vernon L. Gowdy III.
  • Joni performing.  Photo by Marty Temme.
  • Ticket for this event.
  • copyright 1979 by christa hillhouse
Aug 3 1979 oklahoma city OK [chillhouse]
  • copyright 1979 by christa hillhouse Aug 3 1979 oklahoma city OK [chillhouse]
  • copyright 1979 by christa hillhouse Aug 3 1979 oklahoma city OK [chillhouse]
  • Summer Tour T-Shirt with Joni's artwork.
  • Concert Poster
  •  [LarryM]
  •  [LarryM]

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LarryM on

I attended with two friends I worked with one an old friend from high school, Jenis' and Jimmi. It was open seating but Jenis' knew there was a grassy area in front of the stage and suggested we bring lawn chairs and sit there.

The Persuasions opened singing acappella and were fantastic. During their performance the lead singer, Jerry Lawson, jumped down from the stage near us and sang as he walked into the audience. After he returned to the stage I noticed a huge tiger-eye gemstone in the grass, picked it up and showed it to Jimmi. A minute later Jimmi told me to look at Jerry's hand, he was wearing a ring with a large stone missing! After the Persuasions wrapped up, Jimmi and I made our way to the stage entrance. I told the security person that I needed talk to the lead singer of the Persuasions. He said he might get a note to him but no guarantees. I said I'm SURE he wants to see this note!

We waited a few minutes then Jerry shows up with another fellow. I gave him the stone. He was very thankful and said the ring was a gift from his mother. Then he told the fellow with him to give us backstage passes! WOW!

Jerry takes us back stage and we talk ,He says that we might not see Joni until just before she goes on and to help ourselves to the food and beer and believe me I did! We took turns letting Jenis' backstage, too.

Behind the food and drink was a huge empty blackboard. I had just read an interview Joni and had what I thought was a very cogent response. So I wrote it on the blackboard almost filling it. Not long after I see a guy erasing it. He's the stereotypical backstage manager with coke dust on his nose. I asked him why he was erasing it, he responded, "I don't want anything messing with Joni's head." Well, I could see his point.

Then Joni appeared, just outside the dressing rooms and doesn't mingle. There she is, can I summon the courage to approach her? What would I say? Then the liquid courage took over. She was making her way to the stage, I intercepted her, stepped in front of her and extended my hand, she took it. I said, "I love your work" then I was starstruck, I was frozen. She giggled and was led on stage.

For the rest of the concert we traveled between the front row and back stage. I found a spot in some trees in the 'wings' of the stage where I could see Joni and was a 'dancing fool' until I was informed I was bothering Joni!

It was a beautiful, magical night. When the concert was over my friends and I had to go to work. Luckily, I was able to pull it off with a giant grin on my face all night long! Thank you Joni!

orion7x on

I was in shock when I went to see Joni. When I got there and the musicians came out I was blown away to see Pat Metheney, Joca Pastorius, David Breker.. Happen to be some of my favorite musicians. The show was incredible with her and these guys playing with her. I was in heaven. The girl I was with thought I was nuts because I was going nuts. This show is in my top 10 for sure.

thomas27 on


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