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Joan Baez cancels gig to be with ailing sister

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Folk musician Joan Baez is canceling a performance at a Philadelphia music festival because of her sister's life-threatening cancer.

Baez had been scheduled to appear July 21 at a music festival sponsored by WXPN-FM, the public radio station at the University of Pennsylvania.

The festival, called the Singer Songwriter Weekend, will continue with other performers, including Baez protégés Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

The station plans to have an immense get-well card for Baez's sister, Mimi Farina, for festival participants to sign.