CNN’s Anderson Cooper spoke with Ani this past Friday on AC360 about the ongoing struggles for democracy in Burma, and specifically about the status of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratic opposition leader currently under house arrest. You can watch the interview on the AC360 Daily Podcast here, Ani’s segment is about 18 minutes in. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is currently on trial for allegedly...
Last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart let the world know his lack of love for poetry…despite having a knack for rhyme himself. But after shaking his fist at White House Poetry Jams he mentioned how much he was looking forward to June which he declared is now Ani DiFranco month! (ok, he said Annie DiFranco but we’ll overlook the mispronunciation) You can check out the Daily Show clip...
Looking for a dose of culture in your life? Starting May 16, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan appeals to the rockers in all of us with their new exhibit “Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2.” Featuring more than 20 cars and over 50 guitars, the show includes one of Ani’s own acoustics on display along side axes from Jimi Hendrix, Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper and cars from...
The latest release in the Official Bootleg Series takes you to the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. On September 18, 2006 the Little Folksinger took the stage with Todd Sickafoose (upright bass) and Mike Dillon (percussion and vibes) and spirits were high. Now you can relive the joy with 19 tracks of pure live bliss including the first Official Bootleg recordings of “Studying Stones,” “Coming Up,” “Red Letter Year,”...
The spring tour is winding down but there are still plenty of chances to
catch Ani and the band this summer! A new date has just been added to
in Pittsburgh, PA at the Rex Theatre on July 8. Tickets go on sale
through Ticketmaster.com tomorrow morning (May 1) at 10 am through ticketmaster.com. Check out the tour page to catch an Ani show near by you!
Still can’t get enough live Ani to see you through to the next concert?
No worries - National Geographic recently posted Ani’s exclusive Geo Sessions performance on the web here.
Recorded at a private taping in DC last May and posted in two parts,
stream over 20 minutes of concert footage (including “Smiling
Underneath,” “Subdivision” and “As Is”) and interview footage with the
Little Folksinger herself.
Looking for something to check out online to kill a little time? Hulu’d
out? Tired of sifting through countless amateur YouTube vids? On
Sunday MSN.com posted segments of Ani’s Live from the Artist Den, here.
Watch live performances of “Present/Infant,” “32 Flavors,” and “Red
Letter Year” along with some great interview clips and more (with
limited commercial interruption). Enjoy!
For all of you in the New England area (more specifically, in southern Maine), there will be a rare in-store appearance with Ani this Friday, April 17 in Scarborough, Maine! Prior to her show that evening at Merrill Auditorium in Portland – and in honor of Record Store Day (which is the following day) - Ani is taking time out for a performance and interview with WCLZ, recorded in front...
Feeling Crafty? Head on over to the Righteous Babe Store and put your creative energies to work for you! We’re holding a Righteous Babe Egg Dyeing contest and the grand prize is a pair of tickets to an Ani show near you! (Some restrictions apply, free tickets are not available for festivals or special events). That’s right, just for expressing your inner most righteous babe in egg form you could...
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....
Who can’t relate to “Singing Through the Hard Times” these days? That is folk music, the passion of our friend Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips life, and we’re happy to bring this tribute, celebrating the songs that Utah sang and loved, to the people. Artists including Emmylou Harris & Mary Black, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger and Rosalie Sorrels lend their voice to the two-disc collection – folksingers whose music springs from...
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.