Joni Mitchell is being honoured in Los Angeles this week with a star-studded, two-day gala celebration marking her 75th birthday. It’s being billed ‘JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration’.
A number of performances happened last night and the rest is taking place tonight at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Among the performers: James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard, Norah Jones, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, and Seal. Canadian stars Diana Krall and Rufus Wainwright are also taking part. Joni herself is expected to make an appearance at tonight’s soirée, on her actual birthday, November 7th.
Joni Mitchell has been spotted in public only a handful of times in L.A. where she lives since being hospitalized for a brain aneurysm in 2015. Fans were told at the time that she was expected to make a full recovery, however details of her physical health have been kept private in recent years.
A gala following Wednesday’s concert will also serve as a fundraiser to benefit The Music Center, a non-profit performing arts organization that is home to the LA Opera and LA Philharmonic.