Judy Collins coming to KCC

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins crashes the Garden Island Jan. 22 to kick off her Hawaiian tour. 

Les Hershhorn of Lazar Bear Productions said that, to his knowledge, it will be Collins’ first time playing on Kauai and people can expect a night of fantastic music from an amazing performer. 

“All her hits, all the stuff people want to hear,” he said. “It will be a great show. She’s just tremendous.”

For the last five decades, Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable song writing, personal life triumphs and a firm commitment to social activism, according to a release. 

The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” from her landmark 1967 album Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Hershhorn described Collins as an icon of the ‘60s — one he is excited to bring to the islands. 

“There’s not a lot of icons left from my generation,” he said. 

The Kauai show kicks off a four-date Hawaii tour, with performances on Maui, Big Island and Oahu. 

“She’s very excited about coming to Hawaii,” Hershhorn said. “She’s really up to the tour, looking forward to meeting and greeting her fans.” 

Collins began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy dazzling audiences by performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos.” But the hardluck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger drew her away from a life as a concert pianist, states a release. Now 74, she is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide and nurturing fresh talent. 

“She brings a lot of peace and wholeness to a baby-boomer audience that grew up with this music,” Hershhorn said.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets cost $45 for general admission, $65 for gold circle, and can be purchased online at www.lazarbearproductions.com or by calling 245-8352.

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