Joni Mitchell Performs at the Newport

Joni Mitchell Performs at the Newport

Joni Mitchell first Newport show in 20 years was attended by Marcus Mumford and Brandi Carlile, among others.
Joni Mitchell, the “Big Yellow Taxi” singer, wowed the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival. On Sunday (July 24) with her first full-length live set in more than 20 years. The reclusive Joni Mitchell held court on a gilded chair for a 13-song set that included a parade. Special guests paying tribute to the 78-year-old singer who has struggled with health issues. And rarely appeared in public since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2015.

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell supports by a group that included newly solo singer Marcus Mumford, Brandi Carlile, Blake Mills, Lucius, Taylor Goldsmith, Wynonna, and others on some of her most beloved songs, according to Rolling Stone. Joni Mitchell began the set by singing along to songs like “Carey” from Blue, with Carlile. And “Come in From the Cold” with Dawes’ Goldsmith, as well as some beloved pop covers like the Persuasions’ “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and the Clovers’ “Love Potion No. 9.”

Joni Mitchell iconic 1969 song –

“No one brings folk singers together like the humility of trying out a new song in front of Joni f-king Joni Mitchell.” Carlile said in the introduction to the Newport set she curated and organised. According to RS; Carlile covered Mitchell’s landmark 1971 Blue album in its entirety at Carnegie Hall in November 2021. The pair collaborate Mitchell’s iconic 1969 song “Both Sides Now,” playing a hushed version of the ballad. As the stage filled with musicians sat in awe of the master class, with video of the performance singer Wynonna dabbing away tears during the emotional performance anchored by Carlile’s bandmates, Phil and Hanseroth.

Joni Mitchell

Mitchell looked and sounded regal, seated in her majestic throne while wearing dark shades, a beret, and a vibrant satin suit in her first full public concert since 2000.

when Mitchell busted out an electric guitar –

During the rapturously received set, Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, as well as vocalist Celisse Henderson, stepped up for a vibrant “Big Yellow Taxi,”. Which also included the group singalong to “Carey” from 1971’s beloved breakup album Blue, and runs through “Amelia,” “Help Me,” “Shine,” and the George Gershwin Porgy & Bess classic “Summertime.” The highlight for many was when Joni Mitchell busted out an electric guitar . And played a solo over “Just Like This Train” from her best-selling 1974 album Court .And Spark before concluding the set with “The Circle Game,” a song she performed more than 50 years ago on Newport.

Joni Mitchell was honoured in April at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala. which Carlile and Jon Batiste helped anchor, along with John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Sara Bareilles, Leon Bridges, Yola, and others.

Mitchell’s contemporaries –

This weekend’s festival also included a surprise set from one of Joni Mitchell contemporaries and another mostly retired folk superstar, Paul Simon, who gave a rare, unannounced public performance at the end of a tribute set to his music led by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Simon, 80, who retired from touring in 2018, performed a four-song set on Saturday night that included “Graceland,” “The Boxer,” “American Tune” (with Rhiannon Giddens on vocals), and “The Sound of Silence” as a solo finale.

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