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“I was lucky, I had Odetta and I had Baez and I had Joplin." Janis Ian

Legendary Janis Ian at The Rhythm Room 2/18/15

A conversation with Janis Ian
By Mariah Fleming

Janis Ian - Photo by LLoyd Baggs

There is not one "perfect" word to describe multiple Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and musician Janis Ian. I've tried. "Legendary" is overused, but accurate. She is a rare, multitalented, courageous artist with a fine sense of humor, best known for her songs "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen." And we have a rare opportunity to see Janis Ian perform at the Rhythm Room on Wednesday February 18th.

Her barrier breaking song "Society's Child," about racial discrimination, was written when she was just 15. Many radio stations banned the song. A station in Atlanta that played "Society's Child" was burned down. She received death threats. Despite all this, the song became a hit. In 2002 and 2008 respectively, "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen" were inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her first Grammy nomination was in 1967.

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“Warren [Zevon] reminded me that he'd played piano for the Everly Brothers; when we were out touring the states together, promoting Warren's first album" Doug Haywood

Doug and Aaron Haywood Team Up
for Feb 21st Concert

By Mariah Fleming

Doug and Aaron Haywood

DDoug Haywood is a singer-songwriter-musician who has worked with some of the most iconic musicians of the last four-plus decades. Haywood has a list of credits that is mind blowing. "I'm the most famous musician nobody's heard of!" he says. Doug's son Aaron Haywood plays bass for the popular Denver based Celtic rock band "The Indulgers." Father and son are appearing together in a special concert in Phoenix on Saturday February 21st. The concert will be held in the Quaker Room at Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse at 8:00 PM.

The average music listener may not have heard of Doug Haywood, but he's certainly well known to the many iconic musicians with whom he has worked. The short list includes Jackson Browne, who he's toured with (and continues to do so) for twenty years. The list includes artists like Linda Ronstadt, Graham Nash, the late Warren Zevon and many others. It's a very long list of touring and recording credits. Recently Jackson Browne and Doug Haywood reunited to record Browne's new release "Standing In the Breach." Haywood sang harmonies on the new album, which was released last October.

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Laugh Yourself Silly on New Years Eve
with Paula Poundstone

An interview with Paula Poundstone
By Mariah Fleming

Looking for a uniquely fun way to ring in the New Year? Start your celebration with comedian Paula Poundstone, who returns to the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday December 31st at 8 PM. Recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time, Poundstone is also one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 2010.Paula Poundstone And she's an American Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand-Up. Tickets are flying so snap up yours now: Mesa Arts Center.

If you've missed Paula Poundstone in her role as a regular panelist on NPR's top rated, very funny "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me" weekly news quiz show (heard internationally on NPR via the Internet and podcast) she regularly appears on late night talk shows including David Letterman and Craig Ferguson. She appeared in the 2013 Showtime documentary "Why We Laugh Too: Women of Comedy" with Joan Rivers and Whoopi Goldberg.

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