Joni Mitchell long and much-needed break from the stage, but it seems that he is trying to make up for lost time: The legendary folk artist performed on Wednesday night at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, during a tribute show that also featured many to his musical friends and peers. The event was in celebration of his acceptance of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Songs.
as Stereogum Notably, the concert included performances from some brainless attendees including Graham Nash, James Taylorand Brandi Carlile. Annie Lennox did a powerful rendition of “Both Sides Now,” while Cyndi Lauper led the group in a big cover of “Big Yellow Taxi.”
The show also featured performances from Marcus Mumford, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Ledisi, and Angélique Kidjo. Mitchell gave the final performance of the night: He paid tribute to the prize’s namesake George Gershwin by singing “Summertime,” and also sang his 1966 song “The Circle Game.” You can see some clips of the night below courtesy of CBS and The Associated Press.
The Gershwin Prize honors a lifetime of achievements in performance and composition, and Mitchell can now officially add it to his stacked resume: He received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music last year, and he is also a 2021 Honored by the Kennedy Center. Last July, he made an epic surprise appearance at Newport Folk Festivalwhich we named one of the best live performances in 2022.
This June, Mitchell will perform his first publicized concert in 20 years at Amphitheater in the Gorge in George, Washington – get tickets to StubHubwhere orders are 100% guaranteed through Stubhub’s FanProtect program.