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Adler and Blackburn to perform free concert

FALLBROOK – This month's Freaney and Friends free concert is on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Fallbrook Library. It will feature vocalist Robin Adler and her husband, guitarist Dave Blackburn, who are in their 18th year of leading their band Mutts of the Planet.

The duo will perform a show based entirely around the music of the great Joni Mitchell. Mitchell's long and diverse career has provided fertile ground for Mutts of the Planet to create a fascinating show that draws from all of Mitchell's artistic periods.

In addition to performing the songs, they often discuss the backstories behind them, which is always popular with audiences. Adler is a highly respected jazz vocalist with many years of voice training, which allows her to sing Mitchell's music in both the youthful higher keys of the early material and the darker "smokier" keys of the later work.

Blackburn grew up in the UK and has been a lifelong guitarist, drummer, recording engineer/producer, and music teacher. He made his home in San Diego in 1981 and has developed a guitar style that is rich in evocative chord voicings and syncopated rhythms.

Together, Adler and Blackburn capture the genius of one of the twentieth century's greatest composers and have performed, to date, six Joni Mitchell albums in their entirety before packed houses. Their concerts have been ranked in the top half dozen San Diego jazz concerts of the year (2011 and 2012) by Jazz critic Robert Bush.

Their CD, "Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell" was released to critical acclaim. Their concert will include classic Mitchell songs such as "Both Sides Now," "Big Yellow Taxi," "Woodstock," and "Circle Game."

The concert is supported by Friends of the Fallbrook Library. For more information, visit or call 760-731-4650. The library is located at 124 S. Mission Road.

Submitted by Friends of the Fallbrook Library.


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