It’s the first day of spring…which means it the perfect time to start planning for the summer music festival season! Ani will be performing at the Rothbury Festival at the JJ Ranch in Rothbury, MI on July 5, tickets go on sale today (click here). In addition to the little folksinger, the weekend fest (July 2 – 5) includes performances by The Dead, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The String Cheese...
Sunday, May 3rd folk legend Pete Seeger turns 90 years old and there’s gonna be a huge sing-a-long at Madison Square Garden to celebrate! Ani will be there, along with over 40 other great musicians including Pete Seeger (of course), Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris…well you get the idea, so just head on over to seeger90.com to get the...
As we’ve previously reported, last July Ani and her band transformed the oldest art museum in America into a once in a lifetime concert venue - the setting was beautiful, the small, lucky crowd was exuberant and cameras were there to document the energy. Tune in to the public television series “Live from the Artists Den” in March to see the private concert recorded in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy...
Toshi Reagon is jumping on the March Tour bus in Asheville, NC as a special guest for the last half of Ani’s March tour! We just can’t say enough about Toshi’s incredible talent so instead of trying check out her videos on the Righteous Babe Records YouTube channel. Click here for tour dates and tickets. This follows an appearance at Carnegie Hall (yup, THE Carnegie Hall) on March 4 for...
Live from the Artists Den: 1 hit stores last Tuesday, featuring exclusive live tracks from the folks who will appear on the new public television series…this includes Ani, whose performance of “Present/Infant” was taken from the intimate concert filmed at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts last May. The CD also features Alanis Morissette, Aimee Mann and Ingrid Michaelson – check it out exclusively at Barnes & Noble and iTunes....
We just can’t keep those tour horses in the stables; Ani and the band have added two more dates in March and April! Due to popular demand a second show has been added at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on Saturday, March 7. This show will feature special guest Chad Stokes (State Radio, Dispatch). The tour bus will move on down the line to Indianapolis on April 29 for...
Paste Magazine starts the February 2009 feature story “Object of Their Affection” by recalling the 2006 Golden Globe speech of novelist Larry McMurtry (Brokeback Mountain): “Instead of acknowledging the usual suspects—mom, dad, husband, wife, agent, stylist, Jesus, etc.—McMurtry made the following statement: ‘Most heartfelt, I thank my typewriter. My typewriter is a Hermes 3000, surely one of the noblest instruments of European genius.’" Following this theme the story goes...
Chad Stokes (State Radio, Dispatch) is joining the first half of Ani DiFranco’s March US tour as a special guest. Reading Chad’s bio seems to be giving me a bit of deja vu…let’s see; independently releasing albums, endless touring, building a grass roots following, socially conscious music, registering voters at shows…Welcome to the bus! Chad will be performing solo but be sure to check out his band, State Radio, here....
In the spirit of partying like its 2009, Ani is taking her band up and
down the eastern United States this March and April (don’t worry west
coast, she’ll get there) – and as part of our ‘don’t forget to have a
good time’ resolution we invite you to get your tickets before the
general public! Check out the tour page for the complete list of dates and pre-sales!
During Ani’s stop in New York City this November she visited the Wall Street Journal café to sing a few songs, now you can see the performances on their website here. Check out live versions of “Present/Infant” and her new song “November 4, 2008” for your viewing pleasure!
In these times, Wall Street could use a few more folksingers.
On November 4, 2008 the nation celebrated the election of President Obama, including Ani who did what she does best; put her feelings into song. Those of you who caught one of her November concerts have heard her joyfully sing the new song, and we couldn’t wait to invite the rest of you to hear it. Watch "November 4, 2008" live from her sold out concert at Babeville on 11/29/08,...
The PBS broadcast of Ani DiFranco's Live at Babeville DVD has
expanded to include upcoming broadcasts on KTPS in Wichita, KS
(Saturday, November 29 at 8pm Central Time) and on WNED in Ani's own
hometown of Buffalo, NY (Monday, December 1 at 8pm Eastern Time).
Sit down with those Thanksgiving leftovers and enjoy a musical feast!
An exclusive, career-spanning Ani compilation is now available on iTunes, featuring six new live versions of tunes like “Every State Line” and “Smiling Underneath,” a pile of insightful interview snippets and several classic cuts. Click here to get 'em. You can download individual songs, or get the whole kit and kaboodle for $9.99, which is about the price of a movie ticket these days. So let’s weigh your options. On...
In September 2007, Ani celebrated the grand opening of Babeville – her completely renovated performance space in Buffalo, NY – with a pair of spirited, sold-out shows. Now the resulting DVD of those performances, Live At Babeville, is scheduled to air on PBS stations across the country, including Cincinnati, OH; Lexington, KY; and Eureka, CA (check your local listings). Also, the PBS/Channel Thirteen On Demand Service will air the concert...
A cluster of down-under Ani shows have been announced! See the tour page for details. Like the 1983 TV miniseries The Thorn Birds, Ani’s tour will be set against a wild Australian backdrop, and will focus on the forbidden love between a young girl and her family’s priest. Well, maybe not that last part. These shows are only a portion of the full Aussie tour; additional dates will be announced...
You may have noticed some changes to the special guests on the upcoming November tour... Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Pieta Brown had to cancel a few of the shows she was opening for on Ani’s November tour. Luckily we have our favorite one-man-punk band, Hamell on Trial, warming up the crowd in Syracuse, Red Bank and Poughkeepsie and Erin McKeown in Wilkes-Barre and Boston. Pieta is scheduled to jump...
If you’re a fan of Righteous Babe artists and are hungry for some live performances, get ready to gorge yourself on a triple-decker club sandwich of goodness, courtesy of Amsterdam’s Fab Channel. Monday, October 27’s triple bill of Ani, Hamell On Trial and Anais Mitchell will be streaming live from Amsterdam’s Paradiso stage on the channel’s website: Click here to watch Anais Mitchell (around 2:40pm EST): www.fabchannel.com/en/aniais_mitchell_concert/2008-10-27/ Click here to...
When Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired, there was some skepticism from the Trekkie faithful. How could this new show compare to the original? And what is Whoopi Goldberg doing there? Singer/songwriter Pieta Brown has something in common with Jean-Luc Picard and crew. The daughter of folk legend Greg Brown has silenced the skeptics since the release of her debut album in 2002, carving out a delightful niche...
If you’re a regular, workaday Joe Six-Pack, nothing makes you happier than an evening curled up in front of the radio, mug of Ovaltine in hand, polar bearskin rug at your feet, listening to some great American music. So you don’t want to miss "Etown" on NPR, airing from October 8-14. This broadcast will be Part II of a concert taped at the Temple Buell Theater in downtown Denver,...
It’s Red Letter Year release day, kids! And what better way to celebrate than checking out an exclusive Ani interview/performance originally recorded for billboard.com? In the four-minute clip our fearless leader discusses her latest collection of songs, and plays a solo version of one of RLY’s most tender cuts – “Way Tight.” Like the experience of hearing a new Ani album for the first time, this clip is way...