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Joan Baez to bring ‘Fare Thee Well Tour’ to Selma

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Joan Baez will bring her “Fare Thee Well Tour” to Selma on April 9.

This performance will mark Baez’ first return to the area since joining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery for the 1965 Civil Rights March.

The 2019 “Fare Thee Well Tour” celebrates her first new studio album in a decade, “Whistle Down the Wind.”

The performance will be at Walton Theatre in Selma beginning at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

All seats are reserved and are priced at $30, $60, $95, $125 and $150.

The Blackbelt Benefit Group (BBG) is offering pre-sale tickets to those who sign up for the group’s newsletter at their website, www.blackbeltbenefitgroup.org, and submitting your email address in the subscribe section at the bottom of the website.

“One thing I want to direct people to is our newsletter that goes out and we will send one out Monday with a code so that people can get pre-sold tickets and if people want to get that code they need to go to blackbeltbenefitgroup.org and scroll down to the bottom and enter their email address into our system, and then they will get the newsletter with the code in it on Monday,” said Clay Carmichael who is part of the BBG. “The pre-sale starts on Tuesday.”

Once you have received your code, visit the Eventbrite link, joanbaezwalton.eventbrite.com, to purchase the tickets before they are put on sale to the public on Friday.

There is a limit on tickets, we made it four tickets per order limit,” said Carmichael. “We didn’t want somebody to come in from outside, buy all the tickets and sell them at an outrageous price.

“The entertainment management emphasized they wanted local people to be able to come see this show. We have a very wide range of ticket prices. That pre-sale hopefully will let a lot of local people before it goes on sale publically. Friday at 9 a.m. is when it goes on sale publically.

This is her opening show for her tour, and after Selma she is going to Mobile and Birmingham, and both of those sold out pretty quickly in a couple of hours.”

Six decades after becoming a regular on the coffee house scene that was emerging around Club 47 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Baez determined that “2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring.” With her 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction topping off a lifetime of awards and honors for her recordings and human rights achievements around the globe, the symmetry of Baez’ decision reverberates. “I’m looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud,” she said. “I welcome the opportunity to share this new music as well as longtime favorites with my audiences around the world.”