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Monthly Update

December 31, 2019

2019 Was A Very Good Year!

Island Life

Island Life

It was another good year for the Pearl Foundation, so thanks to everyone who bought merchandise, attended shows, held a Living Room Concert, visited our re-opened eBay Store, or just plain donated a buck or two in thanks for the free downloads! I’ll be publishing a final report on my Facebook page and the forum, but as of this moment we are adding $75,000 to our scholarship endowments, bringing the grand total up to $1,191,250.00 – a whole lot more than Michael Camp (who wrote the code for our first Internet auction), my wife (who made out 300+ shipping labels), and myself (who had the brilliant idea to take up months of our time raising funds back in 1998) ever dreamed we could raise.

On tour with Livingston Taylor

On tour with Livingston Taylor

I was trying to figure out why I felt tired the other day, and Pat said “You had quite a year, didn’t you?” Looking over these photos, I realized she’s right! Some new songs, shows with Livingston Taylor, trying to fix The Big Bang Theory elevator, visiting Miriam Therese Winter, LRC’s and Pearl lunches all over the country, spending time with Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner, old friend and colleague Brooks Arthur, attending the Woodstock Film Festival, and doing an interview there with new friend Doreen Ringer-Ross, and down-sizing from our 1910 4,200 sq. ft. house to an 1,100 sq. ft. home on an island in the Southeast kept me pretty occupied!

Visiting the fabulous Miriam Therese Winter

Visiting the fabulous Miriam Therese Winter

What else... I got banned from Facebook for the fifth and sixth times (no, I don’t know why, and yes, it counts as twice because the three day ban turned into six for some mysterious reason). I continue to strive toward civility on my page, posting “Conversations With My Wife” now and then to remind people that yes, there is a world out there beyond politics. I started cooking again, though getting used to an electric stove is really tricky. And as much as I hate to say it, my own mortality began staring me in the face as I realized my parents had been gone almost two decades now. I still love performing, and I love recording with other people, but I’ve seriously ramped down my own touring in favor of staying home and doing more writing. After all, that’s where it all begins, and when a song like “Resist” is finally finished and ready to be heard, it’s worth every hour I put into it. Thinking of other artists covering my work still brings me great joy, and then there are haiku, and a collection of articles and short stories... well, the list goes on and on.

Bill Prady & Janis fail to fix The Big Bang Theory elevator

Bill Prady & Janis fail to fix The Big Bang Theory elevator

I’ll be spending most of the summer at Swannanoa Gathering, giving master classes during each of the five weeks, then doing some more touring to break in new songs. We haven’t posted fall tour dates yet, and there won’t be many, but it’s looking like Vancouver will finally be on the list. Stay tuned or join the RSS feed for updates on that.

Thanks for tuning in! Hopefully the coming year will bring joy and peace to everyone reading this, and to those you love. For myself, I plan to “keep on keeping on”, as the saying goes.

All the best,

Janis

Janis Ian

Lunch with Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner

Lunch with Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner

At an LRC

At an LRC

Brooks Arthur

Brooks Arthur

Island Life

Island Life

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    Visit here to watch a video of “Resist” and download a free mp3 and lyric! Janis is encouraging fans and friends to sing along with this song when she presents it at live shows, so get ready!! There are many, many other free items available for download here as well.

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on February 7, 2020

  • Monday June 29 to Friday July 3

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone: N/A

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    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 6 to Friday July 10

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 13 to Friday July 17

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 20 to Friday July 24

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 27 to Friday July 31

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. The final week will also feature a second, more interactive class tentatively titled "War Stories". Time of classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Wednesday August 5

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, CT

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, CT

    Phone: (860) 510-0473

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis returns to The Kate a scant year later, at their insistence. She's sure it's too soon, they're sure it's not. She's writing furiously so she can present some new material, and looking forward to visiting one of her all-time favorite venues again! Expect some good, relaxed fun, some tears, an after-show appearance for signing things you've brought and things you may purchase at the "merch table"!!

  • Thursday August 6

    Living Room Concert, Private, Massachusetts, USA

    Living Room Concert

    Private, Massachusetts, USA

    Phone: Private

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    Private Living Room Concert benefitting the Pearl Foundation. We are currently considering other LRC's in the general area; if you are interested please contact us through the "Make Pearl An Offer" charity section of this website. * Please do not ask if you can attend. Invitations are solely up to the donor(s) and we will not put you in touch, regardless of your reason.

  • Friday August 7

    Newton Theater, Newton, NJ

    Newton Theater

    Newton, NJ

    Phone: (973) 940-6398

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    A Jersey girl herself, Janis is very excited about playing a venue she's never been to before in her home state! Looks like a lot of her friends have been playing there lately, so we think she'll have a bang up time exploring it for herself! Expect a bit of the old and a bit of the new from this 10-time-Grammy nominee! Showtime 8 pm.

  • Saturday August 8

    The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA

    The Birchmere

    Alexandria, VA

    Phone: (703) 549-7500

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    Janis has been playing The Birchmere since... well, we don't know when. Before its present beautiful building, back when dressing rooms were in the basement, separated by sheets! She loves the venue, loves the staff, loves the fact that there's "not a bad seat in the house". A welcome return for a house favorite, with a few new songs to show off and a few old songs to enjoy. Expect a wonderful evening! * 7.30pm start time

  • Sunday August 9

    The Tin Pan, Richmond, VA

    The Tin Pan

    Richmond, VA

    Phone: (804) 447-8189

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    Another new venue for Janis, she's really looking forward to a show "in about as intimate a venue as I've played!" Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! * This is a 7pm start time!!!

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