Lunch and Listen with Joni Mitchell

(PR) On September 25, Starbucks will host an intimate "Lunch and Listen" event to celebrate Joni Mitchell's Hear Music release "Shine." From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, more than 6,500 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will participate in the event by playing "Shine" along with a retrospective of classics which have made Mitchell one of the most beloved singer/songwriters of our time.

"'Lunch and Listen' gets to the heart of the connection between Starbucks customers and music," says Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment who also oversees Hear Music. "We're very proud of this record and on September 25, Mitchell's timeless resonance will be felt in a very profound way."

Born out of a burst of creative energy, "Shine" is one of three new artistic endeavors launched by Mitchell this year. The first, "The Fiddle and the Drum," a ballet based on Mitchell's music, debuted with the Alberta Ballet in Calgary earlier this year with Mitchell serving as co-creator and artistic director. The second is a politically charged visual art exhibit by Mitchell that will debut in New York in the fall.

In addition, Joni Mitchell fans can also tune in to watch her on some of television's most distinguished shows including CBS Sunday Morning (air date TBA), Charlie Rose (air date TBA) and Tavis Smiley (air date TBA).

"Shine" will be available at Starbucks locations and traditional music retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada on September 25 and in global markets the week of September 24. Described by Mitchell as "as serious a work as I've ever done," "Shine" presents beautiful melodies, dark lyrics and a sparseness that recalls and even progresses beyond some of Mitchell's most seminal recordings. "Shine" is already receiving glowing accolades from the press

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