Collins is slated to perform in late September, courtesy of the Center for The Arts. This is another coup for the Center in landing world-class entertainers, such as Ani DiFranco, Kris Kristofferson (who has a place in Truckee), Paula Poundstone, Chubby Checker, The Kingston Trio, Ricki Lee Jones and Smothers Brothers.
Learning this brings back memories: I saw Collins perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1985 in her annual post-Thanksgiving concert. My girlfriend (then) and I flew up from Miami for the weekend on Eastern Airlines. I covered Eastern under Astronaut Frank Borman for the local paper and N.Y. Times, dictating stories via telephone!
I’ve been a fan of Collins’ forever. She has bridged generations, outlasting Eastern Airlines and Life magazine! She’s now 71 years old.
Collins’ planned appearance comes as the Center is working on a “facility master plan” to upgrade its facility at 314 W. Main Street to better serve as a regional performing arts center. Some of the “big name” performers have held their concerts at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall. The details of the master plan — part of the effort to enhance tourism — are here and here.
Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes, as her website notes. Her career has spanned more than 50 years. A timeline is here.
“Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ on her 1967 album, Wildflowers which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Winning ‘Song of the Year’ at the 1975 Grammy Awards was Judy’s version of ‘Send in the Clowns,’ a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical ‘A Little Night Music.’
At 71, Collins is still writing and performing. She plays 80 to 100 dates a year around the country.