Legendary folk artist visiting McCain

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Folk singer and music legend Janis Ian is scheduled to take the stage tonight in McCain Auditorium.

The event is part of the 2010-2011 McCain Performance Series.

Ian has been writing and performing music for over 40 years and was the first musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

Todd Holmberg, executive director of McCain Auditorium, approached Ian’s booking agent to invite Ian to K-State for a specific reason.

“Her career closely parallels the history of McCain Auditorium,” Holmberg said.

McCain Auditorium was dedicated in 1970, around the same time Ian’s career took off.

Holmberg said aside from being a pioneer in songwriting, Ian also set several cultural trends and became a cultural icon. He said her 1967 debut song “Society’s Child” was about interracial romance and was banned a year after its release. A year after it was banned, it was nominated for a Grammy.

Ian is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Box Office. Student tickets are half-price.

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