A Chronology of Appearances

This work-in-progress lists all currently known appearances, drawn from a variety of sources.
Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001-2018.
Special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance.
Latest Update: February 16, 2018
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1980.10.04 Joni's next appearance Bread & Roses Festival of Music—Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA

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  • My firm WAH Sound provided Concert Audio Services for the 1980 Bread and Roses Event. It was great having Joni perform with BB and Herbie at the Festival. [visionar]
  • Joni and Joan Beaz at the Bread and Roses 1980 event [visionar]
  • Joni and B.B. King on stage.  Photo by Richard McCaffrey.
  • Joni and B.B. King performing.  Photo by Jon Sievert.
  • Joan Baez and Joni performing together.
  • Joan Baez and Joni performing on stage.
  • Joan Baez and Joni on stage.
  • Joni and Joan Baez sang two songs together.
  • Joni and Joan Baez share the stage.  Photo by Roger Ressmeyer.
  • Joni's Bio Brief in the 1980<br><i>Bread & Roses Festival Of Music</i> Program.
  • Music Schedule in the 1980 <i>Bread & Roses</i> Program.
  • 22 Page <i>Bread & Roses Festival</i> Program
  • Joni & BB King running through a song backstage at Bread & Roses Festival.
  • Photo by Mike Maloney
  • Mike Maloney

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I could not miss Bread & Roses, a 3 day benefit music festival for Joan Baez's sister Mimi Farina's Marin County foundation that brings music to those who can't get out, in nursing homes, prisons. Always an amazing lineup in those days. Neil Young with the International Harvesters, Etta James, Baez, Robin Williams, Taj Mahal, and "BB King with Special Guest Appearance by Joni Mitchell". As it turned out, Joni performed 4 times (over 2 days, I think), and the BB King set was the worst of the lot. BB and band did a nice, tight blues set in their tailored matching suits, then Joni came out, wearing Telecaster, and went into "Coyote". The only problem was that the band did not know it, pure and simple. Had probably never heard it (maybe briefly backstage). The bass player blew all the chord changes. Visually it was cool, musically it was a trainwreck. Things did not improve when Joni ditched the guitar to trade verses with King on "The Thrill is Gone". It seemed that every time Joni opened her mouth, King played a loud Lucille lick right over her. WTF! The Thrill, and Joni had come and gone. She was redeemed, however, as surprise appearances dotted the freewheeling schedule. I don't remember the order of them. She came out during a Joan Baez set to duet on Joan's "Dida", their collaboration from "Diamonds and Rust". Joni also did a short solo set in which she introduced songs from the yet-unreleased Wild Things Run Fast album. "Ladies Man" was one of these. I had dragged my friend up fairly close to the stage. As I recall, while Joni sang the line "couldn't you just love me/like you love cocaine", we were passing some of the white dust between us, I think she saw us. Oh, the eighties.... anyway, I don't know what else she did, probably "Man To Man". I so wanted to sneak backstage! Then, I think it was Sunday when she came out again, Herbie Hancock on grand piano in this sunny outdoor venue, and did a mind melting "Sweet Sucker Dance", leaning on the piano like a lounge chanteuse, killing it, better than the "Mingus" version. It wasn't specifically a Joni crowd, but she definitely had their attention. The other thing I would add was an odd mention by Howard Hesseman, a former member of the SF comedy troupe The Committee, and by then a big star on TV's "WKRP Cincinnati". He came out between sets to do some comedy, but wasn't funny at all, just flat-lined it. But at one point he said "I'll tell you a joke that one of the performers told me backstage....I won't say who it was....it was Joni Mitchell" and then he never told the joke! What a dildo.

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