When: Sat., March 10 2012
For Cliffie Jones, putting together tonight’s tribute to music icon Joni Mitchell has been a labor of love. “I’ve always had a lot of admiration for Joni,” says the Tri-C JazzFest staffer. “As a singer-songwriter in the 1960s, she launched herself into a field dominated by men, and then went on to give so much to the world through her music, poetry, and paintings.” So when the opportunity arose to produce a concert for Tri-C Performing Arts, Jones was ready to rumble. On her to-do list: everything from researching Mitchell’s sometimes oblique lyrics to partnering with the Rock Hall, where Mitchell was inducted in 1997. For tonight’s tribute, Jones divided the featured material into three genres — jazz, rock, and folk — and then recruited some of the best voices in Cleveland to perform them: New Folk finalist Vicki Chew, veteran jazz singer Evelyn Wright, and Scene’s own 2009 pick for Best Vocalist, Robin Stone. Backing the gals will be an eight-piece band under the direction of lead guitarist Christina Dupre. Besides the 12 songs, Jones promises some multi-media surprises. “But if you want to know more, you have to buy a ticket!” Those cost $20 by phone or online. Curtain is at 8 p.m. at Tri-C Metro Campus’s Main Stage Theater. Free, secure underground parking is available nearby in Lot 5.