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Folk singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco

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A singer-songwriter who has released nearly 20 studio albums will perform in the capital city this spring. 

Ani DiFranco will play at the Varsity Theatre on Saturday, March 3. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. with special guests Gracie and Rachel. Advance tickets are $22 at ticketweb.com, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. Tickets are $25 the day of the show. 

A Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record label owner, DiFranco incorporates everything from jazz, funk and hip-hop into her folk rock mix. Some of her more popular songs include "Shy," "Untouchable Face," "Hello Birmingham" and "32 Flavors." 

DiFranco is no stranger to activism, either, performing at a range of benefit concerts, appearing on benefit albums and championing change. In 2009, she received the Woody Guthrie Award for her work.

In 2013, her "Righteous Retreat" artists' workshop at Nottoway Plantation was met with criticism, due to the choice of venue. Fans called the scheduled seminar's location a "blatant display of racism" on a petition at change.org. DiFranco issued two apologies and cancelled the event. 

In 2017, she released "Binary," her nineteenth studio album, which was recorded in New Orleans and featured guest performances from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Ivan Neville. She has called the Crescent City home for the past 14 years. She is also working on a new memoir.  

For more information on the Baton Rouge concert, visit varsitytheatre.com

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