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Arlo Guthrie and family have two appearances this weekend: Carnegie Hall and NJPAC

This weekend, Arlo Guthrie celebrates his dad, Woody Guthrie

Update: See video of audience response to Carnegie Concert below

On this Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28, 2009, Arlo Guthrie and his family will be performing at Carnegie Hall. My guess is, it would be nearly impossible to get tickets if you don’t have them already. The Carnegie Hall tradition dates back to Pete Seeger and the Weavers. Although, Arlo Guthrie has been doing this show (sometime together with Pete Seeger), every year since the release of the Alice’s Restaurant song. This year, reports say that the main focus will be on celebrating the music and lyrics of Arlo’s father, Woody Guthrie. The name of the tour is, “The Guthrie Family Rides Again” And, it is also the 40th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant. (But, many fans will be hoping that Pete Seeger may stop by, if only in the audience.)

On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 3pm, “The Guthrie Family Rides Again” will be playing at the NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey. There might be seats available.

Here is a link to a review we did last year at onthewilderside after seeing the show. It includes a discussion about “Are Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie political enough?”: here.

I just wanted to say…that…I recently went to the PT Barnum museum in Connecticut. The energy of how much people wanted to hear Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightengale, reminds me of how beautiful Sarah Lee Guthrie’s voice is. And, how it is worth the trip to hear something so sweet.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPQBLmGFuyY]

Links to other news and reviews at the read more…

A kind of grunge-critique review of the performance is at the MartiniBoys (The author seemed to think it was news that a solo Arlo tour includes his family…) But, anyway, it gave the hint that the new tour includes some lost Woody Guthrie songs. Cool! Folk history!

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There’s a great write-up at Gather.com. Here’s an excerpt:

Arlo Guthrie pays tribute to his father Woody Guthrie at Carnegie Hall
November 26, 2009 01:07 AM EST

This Saturday November 28th singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie and other members of the Guthrie clan, his son Abe Guthrie, daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband Johnny Irion will pay tribute to his American folk legend father, Woody Guthrie at New York’s Carnegie Hall. They will be performing new music by Billy Bragg, Wilco, Eliza Gilkyson, Janis Ian, Wenzel, and The Klezmatics, put together with some of Woody’s unpublished lyrics…

Arlo is also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock with the release of Arlo Guthrie: Tales of ’69. Which was recorded live in concert in Long Island, New York just before Woodstock. The Guthrie clan will also perform at Newark, New Jersey’s NJPAC the following Sunday.

Arlo Guthrie is something of a mischief-maker. So, he will sometimes even start a song, get the audience clapping, and abandon it to tell a story. He keeps you on pins and needles. My guess is, he may not play Alice’s Resataurant, just because it is what everyone wants him to do, and expects him to do, on the 40th Anniversary of the song. So, if you go tonight, and you come home, realizing that you are still craving that song, here is the video. Thanks to the Examiner for the tip:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8DtpdXZi0M]

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