WXPN Welcomes

WXPN Welcomes ‘Court and Spark’ by Joni Mitchell – 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, November 06, 2024
Doors: 6pm | Show: 8pm
$30 advance | $35 day of show


  • This is a ticketed event. Everyone must have a ticket for entry.
  • You must make a table reservation in addition to your ticket purchase to guarantee seating. Without a reservation, seating will be first-come, first-served if available. There is standing room by the bar area.
  • The Lounge is a full-service restaurant – our full food & drink menu is available when doors open.
  • If you require accessible seating, please contact us at boxoffice@worldcafelive.org or 215-222-1400 prior to the show so we can best accommodate your needs.
  • Join the WCL Fan Club for priority entry, food & merch discounts, exclusive offers, and more. Mega & Ultimate Fan levels include 24-hour presale access and no ticket fees.
  • World Cafe Live is a nonprofit independent venue where artistry meets social impact. Every purchase helps support our music education & community programs.
  • See FAQ for more information.
Over the last few years, Philadelphia artist Ray Drezner has meticulously transcribed Joni Mitchell's 1974 double-platinum album,Court and Spark. For its 50th anniversary, Drezner's ensemble will play the album LIVE! Confessional and aspirational, Court and Spark is effortlessly eclectic: weaving Joni's folk-rock idiom (Free Man in Paris, Help Me), jazz sonorities (Car on a Hill, Twisted), bawdy barbershop harmonies (Raised on Robbery), and sweeping orchestral interludes (Down to You). The band goes all out with strings, flute, sax, clarinet, and trumpet and features eminent players like theater musician Daniel Espie on keys (Walnut Street Theater, Arden Theater, Wilma Theater), Katie Miller ofKate Dressed Upon acoustic guitar, and National Medal of the Arts Recipient John Anthony DeMaioon electric guitar. Sought after for tight expressive harmonies and expert voice lessons, Ray Drezner has been featured on WXPN's Kids' Corner and the Folk Show, played the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Philly Music Fest, Sofar Sounds events, World Cafe Live, City Winery, Baby's First Rodeo, Wind-Gap Festival and shared the stage with Lavender Country, Amy Helm at the Arden Gild Hall, Doyle Lawson at Sellersville Theater, and many others.