Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project Comes to South Pas

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Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project is confirmed as this year’s headliner for the Library Carnegie Stage concert in the Community Room. It will be one of the many free concerts being conducted all around town as part of South Pasadena’s 9th Annual Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk on Saturday, May 6.

In all, 60 acts will be performing on multiple stages for the yearly event which draws thousands of music lovers from around the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.

In 1968, Kiki Ebsen discovered the magic of Joni Mitchell on the groundbreaking album “Song to a Seagull.” With each subsequent release including “Clouds,” “Ladies of the Canyon,” and “Blue,” Kiki rediscovered the magic of Mitchell’s brilliant lyrics, amazing arrangements, and solid song stylings, each new album giving greater insight into Joni’s artistry. Ebsen created “The Joni Mitchell Project” as an opportunity for Joni-inspired professional musicians to join her in declaring “respect, regard, and unending appreciation for her gifts.” Concert repertoire will include selections from nine of Mitchell’s albums, from “Song to a Seagull” through “Wild Things Run Fast” (1968–1976).

Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project features: Kiki Ebsen (vocals, piano, keyboard, guitar), Grant Geissman (guitars, sitar, vocals), Terry Wollman (guitar, vocals), Steven Lawrence (bass) and Matt Starr (drums) and will start their highly anticipated set at 8:45 p.m. They will be preceded by musical performances by Rick Shea and Band at 7:30 p.m., the Elliott Caine Quintet at 6:15 p.m. and Calvin Joe & the Orange Grove Rangers at 5 p.m. Bandleaders Elliott Caine and Calvin Joe are both South Pasadena residents with considerable musical experience and chops, and Rick Shea has delighted audiences on the Carnegie Stage many times already, both with his own groups and with Grammy winner Dave Alvin..

The free ‘Carnegie Stage’ concert is able to be presented because of the partnership between the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, The Eclectic Friends of the Arts of South Pasadena, The City of South Pasadena, The Rotary Club of South Pasadena, and the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. Special thanks to Brad Colerick & Ximena Dussan/DeepMix, Nancy Lem, Jeff Burke, 210eastsound, and “The South Pasadena Review”.

The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are necessary, but seating is limited and “festival style” (first come, first seated). Refreshments will be provided and CDs will be available for purchase.

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