- One ticket to see Don McLean and Judy Collins
- When: Friday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Fox Performing Arts Center
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $25 for the balcony, rows PP–SS (up to $52 value)
- $30 for the balcony, rows KK–NN (up to $62.50 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
Don McLean and Judy Collins
- Best film analogy for Don McLean’s “American Pie”: it’s the Citizen Kane of American folk music
- Worst film analogy for Don McLean’s “American Pie”: it’s the American Pie of American folk music
- Length: an epic eight-and-a-half minutes
- Why it’s been subject to endless analysis: the lyrics center around The Day the Music Died—a.k.a. the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Big Bopper all died in a plane crash—and possibly other historical events that McLean hasn’t confirmed or denied
- What McLean says the song means: “It means I don’t ever have to work again if I don’t want to”
- Other hits: his cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”; his Van Gogh tribute, simply titled “Vincent”
- Most common names mentioned in the same breath as Judy Collins’: Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan
- Why: she built her career on folk songs and social activism
- How she sets herself apart from her influences: by drawing on her classical piano training, and by playing eclectic covers such as “Amazing Grace” and “Send In the Clowns”
- Her song with the longest-lasting political ramifications: her cover of “Chelsea Morning,” which inspired the name of Bill and Hilary Clinton’s daughter