Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

RED BANK: AMAZING GRACE AND JOAN

joan-baez-500x307-5472335An evergreen returns to the Greater Green as folk music legend Joan Baez takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre for a Tuesday night concert.

She was there, on the scene, at so many of the pivotal moments in the cultural and sociopolitical history of modern America, from the 1959 Newport Folk Festival; her 1963 introduction of Bob Dylan; and appearance at Woodstock; marches with Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. She’s stood alongside South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and the Czech Republic’s Vaclav Havel in their journeys from political prisoners to presidents of their nations; lent crucial early support to Amnesty International, dated Steve Jobs, and protested war in all its manifestations.

Far from being a sort of Forrest Gump accidental bystander, or just another celeb looking to piggyback on the cause du jour, Joan Baez has maintained her post on the frontlines of social justice since the era of Elvis and doo wop. And when the 75-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist returns to Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Tuesday night, she’ll stand among the many legends of music, theater, film and broadcasting who have graced the stage of the venerable venue.

While the Staten Island-born Baez’s many impassioned stances have arguably cost her as many potential listeners as they’ve acquired, her devoted fanbase spans generations, as she’s consistently connected with young audiences over the course of a career that has outlasted scores of pop-chart flashes and flame-outs.

When she takes the Basie stage, she’ll be drawing from a rich catalog that ranges from her 1960 debut album (a long-player inducted a few years back into the Grammy Hall of Fame) to 2008’s Day After Tomorrow; a songlist that includes gold-record hits like 1975’s “Diamonds and Rust,” as well as her interpretations of composers from Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to the Band, the Stones and Ryan Adams. There are also her celebrated songs in Spanish, her proprietary versions of “Amazing Grace” and other traditional favorites, and the always-strong possibility that she’ll be debuting a new tune, spotlighting a contemporary talent, finding much to say about the issues that protrude from the daily media onslaught.

Tickets ($25 – $79.50) for the 8 p.m. show can be reserved right here.

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
GOING GREY
Workers painting the stone facade of the PNC Bank at the corner of Broad and Harding Thursday morning. An upgrade? Maybe it’s just pri ...
COFFEE & WILDLIFE
RED BANK: The best wildlife show in town can be taken in from a waterfront bench outside the public library, and it's totally free.
FAWNING OVER HER BABY
A mother deer and her fawn were spotted between a row of garages on Hudson Avenue and some trees alongside the Broad Street parking lots. Re ...
EVENING ESCAPE
RED BANK: Sailors in Monmouth Boat Club's weekly racing series found tranquil conditions on the Navesink River Tuesday evening.
PEAK COLOR ON BROAD
RED BANK: A year after they were installed, downtown mini gardens have added to "transformational" improvements, says business owner.
RED BANK: FAIRIES MOVE IN ON WHITE STREET
Red Bank: Girl scouts turns tiny parking lot plot of dirt into a "magical girls sparkle garden."
TRAINING UNDER FIRE
RED BANK: Volunteer firefighters train to cut into pitched roofs under active fire conditions.
“SUPERMOM” WANTS YOUR VOTE
Business owner. Dyed in the wool, lifelong Red Banker. Mother of six. Yup, seems like Anita Pierce does it all. In other words, she’s ...
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS
RED BANK: Town prepares for Saturday's Pride in the Park celebration with another lawn art design by public works supervisor and Fire Chief ...
MOVIES VIA LIBRARY
RED BANK: Public Library now offers members access to streaming movies via Kanopy, with some 30,000 titles and tons of content for kids.
NEW RAINBOW CROSSWALK ON BROWN PLACE
Kicking off pride month, some Brown Place and Spring Street residents, ages 5 to 11, constructed a rainbow crosswalk with chalk over the wee ...
WHAT TO WEAR?
RED BANK: Dressmakers' mannequins appeared to mull what to wear as they looked down on Monmouth Street last week.
SYMPHONY RETURNS JUNE 29
RED BANK: An annual crowd pleaser returns June 29 with a free concert in Marine Park by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, RiverCenter said ...
Heard on the Green
Heard on the Green
DUCK RESCUE EFFORT
Duckling rescue attempt underway in sewer at East Front and Broad, 10:29 a.m.
HOUSING CRUNCH
Demolition begins for new apartments at Globe Court and Mechanic Street.
FEELING SNAPPY
      Snapping Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs this time of year and are a common site along the Swimming River waterfr ...
TUB TIME
RED BANK: A sparrow waits for the next available dirt tub while two others take their Sunday baths. (Click for video.)
CHECK IT OUT
A bench outside the Red Bank Public Library provided a serene view of our beautiful Navesink River Monday evening.
WAYWARD SLIM JIM
Anybody lose a Slim Jim? A “Sweet Mild O’ Mine” flavor Slim Jim was seen left unattended on this mailbox on Mechanic Stree ...