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Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin', Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family / Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the Centennial celebrations. The year-long celebration will include a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country and across the pond.

It's a rare thing for an artist to still be making an impact on modern music as he approaches the 100th anniversary of his birth, like Woody Guthrie is. It's fitting then that people have been celebrating Woody's centennial, at multiple events across the country, all year long. A big list of remaining events across the country is below. We'll also highlight a few.

Guthrie Family

The Guthrie Family ("Arlo Guthrie w/ Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee, Johnny Irion...and the Kids") will celebrate with a "Guthrie Family Reunion" tour featuring three generations of Guthries. Arlo Guthrie commented:

"Getting the family together and heading out on the road is the perfect way to celebrate my father's centennial - only once before did we have the whole family on tour, and we did 80 shows. Instead of doing an entire year of touring and taking the kids out of school, we are focusing on shows right around Woody's actual birthday. This time of year marks the climax of the Woody Guthrie centennial celebrations all over the world. I'll also continue my solo touring in honor of my dad through spring 2013."
The Guthries, who will perform Woody's songs as well as new material written by various family members, will spend the day after Woody's birthday at Central Park Summerstage. The free Sunday (7/15), NYC show starts at 7pm. They also play a show in Ocean City, NJ the next day, and Newport Folk Festival later in the month. All tour dates are listed below.

On July 10 (12-1 pm), NYC's 92YTribeca hosts author Ed Cray who will discuss his book "Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie."

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion play Hill Country in NYC on 7/12.

On 7/14 head to Coney Island for a free screening of "Bound for Glory" on the beach along with "live music by Billy Bragg and Steve Earle starting at 8:00pm, and the feature film starting around 8:45pm." Get to Coney Island earlier and see a free screening of "Man In the Sand" at the Coney Island museum. "Following the film, there will be a book signing by Nora Guthrie and CD signing by Billy Bragg, with both items available for purchase."

Woody

City Winery in NYC will play host to a trio of events titled "Woodyfest" from July 11-13 Hosted by Steve Earle, the shows will feature an assortment of artists paying tribute to the troubador. July 11 features John Hammond & Tim Robbins, and more TBA (tickets). July 12 has Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers & Allen Toussaint (tickets). July 13th features Billy Bragg, Amy Helm & Joe Purdy (tickets).

Brooklyn College will host a "Woody at 100" celebration on September 22 with a conference, and a tribute concert.

More events, dates, and some videos from the party that took place at the 2012 Clearwater Festival in June, below....

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Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie & family -
"This Land is Your Land" Clearwater Festival 6.16.12

Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie & family -
"City of New Orleans" Clearwater Music Festival 2012

WOODY AT 100 CELEBRATIONS (a partial list)

July 11
NEW YORK
WOODYFEST: Celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday. Hosted By Steve Earle W/Special Guests: John Hammond, Tim Robbins & TBD
City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

July 11 - 14
OKLAHOMA
WOODY GUTHRIE FOLK FESTIVAL
100th Birthday Celebration in Woody's hometown!
Okemah, OK

July 12
NEW YORK
WOODYFEST: Celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday. Hosted By Steve Earle W/Special Guests:Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers & Allen Toussaint
City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

July 13
NEW YORK
WOODYFEST: Celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday. Hosted By Steve Earle W/Special Guests: Billy Bragg, Amy Helm & TBD
City Winery
155 Varick Street

July 15
ARLO GUTHRIE & THE GUTHRIE FAMILY CELEBRATING WOODY'S 100TH BIRTHDAY
7:00-10:00p
Central Park SummerStage
New York City, NY

July 28-29
RHODE ISLAND
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family Reunion, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, New Multitudes (Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames), Joel Rafael and more...

August 1 - October 31 NEW HAMPSHIRE
STROKES OF ELECTRICITY EXHIBIT
An exhibition of selected visual works by Woody Guthrie. Curated and designed by Nora Guthrie and Steven Brower, fifty-eight high-quality reproductions of political cartoons, pen and ink illustrations, watercolors, children's art, and oil paintings represent various stages and developments in Guthrie's life as a visual artist. With images and text drawn from the eponymous publication, "Woody Guthrie Artworks, The Journals, Drawings, and Sketchbooks of an American Original" (Rizzoli 2005), the exhibit unveils a previously unexplored aspect of this American icon.
Mariposa Museum
26 Main Street

August 9-10 CANADA
WOODY AT 100: THE GUTHRIE LEGACY
Educational Cconference and Exhibit on Woody Guthrie sponsored by folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. It will take place in partnership with the Edmonton Folk Festival (August 9-12).
Ledcor Theatre
Alberta Gallery of Art (AGA)
Guthrie exhibit in the AGA galleries at the same time, curated by the Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives. There will be an extensive line-up of speakers including Nora Guthrie, Robert Santelli, Anthony Seeger, Ronald Cohen, Rob Bowman, Michael Kleff, Will Kaufman, Jorge Arevalo Mateus, Kip Lornell, Barry Ollman, and Jerry Gray, with a focus on the international impact and influence of Woody Guthrie. The event is part of the Guthrie centennial being celebrated in 2012 throughout the world, and co-ordinated with Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie Publications, Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives, as well as Robert Santelli and the GRAMMY Museum.
The conference will also include films, and concerts, as well as Guthrie events taking place at the Edmonton Folk Festival over that weekend at Gallagher Park.

August 9-12
CANADA
EDMONTON FOLK FESTIVAL
Edmonton, Canada

August 14
NEW YORK
VANAVER CARAVAN
PASTURES OF PLENTY
Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, NY

September 8
PENNSYLVANIA
WOODY GUTHRIE CONFERENCE
Penn State University
University Park, PA

September 8
PENNSYLVANIA
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND TRIBUTE CONCERT
The Penn State Celebration
Penn State University
University Park, PA

September 14 - October 21
ILLINOIS
WOODY SEZ - The Life & Legacy of Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie is a musical hero of legendary proportion who transformed folk music into a vehicle for social protest and evoked the restless spirit of the Dust Bowl generation. Woody Sez brings the giant to life in a joyous, toe-tapping, and heartfelt theatrical portrait that uses Woody's words and songs to transport the audience through his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life. Featuring many classic Woody tunes including "This Land is Your Land" and "Bound for Glory," Woody Sez captures the heart and spirit of Woody Guthrie and the stories of America.
Northlights Theater
Skokie, IL

September 21
COLORADO
SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS OF A SONG BY WOODY GUTHRIE
Composed by David Amram
Commissioned by the Woody Guthrie Publications
Will be performed and recorded for a Master Recording Release by the internationally renowned Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Boettcher Concert Hall
Denver Performing Arts Complex
1000 14th Street (and Curtis Street)

September 22
NEW YORK
WOODY GUTHRIE CONFERENCE
Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

September 22
NEW YORK
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND TRIBUTE CONCERT
The New York Celebration
Brooklyn College
Whitman Theater
Brooklyn, NY 11210

September 22
COLORADO
SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS OF A SONG BY WOODY GUTHRIE
Composed by David Amram
Commissioned by the Woody Guthrie Publications
Will be performed and recorded for a Master Recording Release by the internationally renowned Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Boettcher Concert Hall
Denver Performing Arts Complex
Denver, CO 80202


October 3
NEW YORK
1913 MASSACRE FILM SHOWING
Followed by a Q&A with Nora Guthrie
Rivertown Film
58 Depew Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960

October 13
WASHINGTON D.C.
WOODY GUTHRIE PROGRAM
Panel Discussion
Library of Congress

October 14
WASHINGTON D.C.
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND TRIBUTE CONCERT
The Kennedy Center Celebration
Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Kennedy Center
Washington D.C.

October 26 - 27 GERMANY
WOODY GUTHRIE 100
with Wenzel + Band and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Jazzclub
Eisenach, Germany

October 29 - 30
AUSTRIA
HANS THEESINK TRIBUTE TO WOODY GUTHRIE
with Ernst Molden, Willi Resetarits, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Okemah Band, and Michael Köhlmeier
Metropol Theater
Vienna, Austria

October 31 AUSTRIA
WOODY GUTHRIE 100
with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion and Okemah Band
Leoben, Austria

November 1 - 4
GERMANY
WOODY GUTHRIE FESTIVAL
with Bucky Halker, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Münster, Germany

November 2
GERMANY
WOODY GUTHRIE 100
with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Bad Honnef, Germany

November 8 - December 2
WASHINGTON D.C.
WOODY SEZ - The Life & Legacy of Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie is a musical hero of legendary proportion who transformed folk music into a vehicle for social protest and evoked the restless spirit of the Dust Bowl generation. Woody Sez brings the giant to life in a joyous, toe-tapping, and heartfelt theatrical portrait that uses Woody's words and songs to transport the audience through his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life. Featuring many classic Woody tunes including "This Land is Your Land" and "Bound for Glory," Woody Sez captures the heart and spirit of Woody Guthrie and the stories of America.
Theater J
Washington, DC 20036

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for more Woody: listen to a recent feature on NPR
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ARLO GUTHRIE & THE GUTHRIE FAMILY - 2012 TOUR DATES
Saturday, July 7 - Lock 3 Live - Akron, OH
Saturday, July 14 - Green River Festival - Greenfield, MA
Sunday, July 15 - SummerStage - Central Park, New York City
Monday, July 16 - Ocean City Music Pier - Ocean City, NJ
Saturday, July 28 - Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI
Friday, August 3 - Ironstone Amphitheatre - Murphys, CA
Saturday, August 4 - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
Tuesday, August 7 - Butchart Gardens - Victoria, BC
Friday, August 10 - Edmonton Folk Festival - Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Sunday, August 12 - Regina Folk Festival - Regina, SK (Canada)
Wednesday, August 15 - Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, WI
Sunday, August 19 - Ravinia - Highland Park, IL

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Comments (37)

Gross the eff out. This guy changed nothing. If you want change, get the idiot out of the white house. Unless you like unemployment. Then just keep on keeping on.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:41 AM

If he were alive, THEN he'd be 100.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:47 AM

Happy Birthday dear Woody! 100 years, that's very impressive!

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Posted by Evis | July 6, 2012 10:49 AM

I had to google this geezer to see if he was still alive. Turns out he's been dead for over 40 years. What all this with the birthday bullshit?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 11:09 AM

Everybody say hello to my big woody!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 11:10 AM

Idiot communist is all he was. Even Bruuuuuuuce couldn't sell tickets when singing his songs. No one cares about him or his son.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 11:11 AM

^Bruce was doing the Seeger sessions band..that is the music of Pete Seeger you retard.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 11:26 AM

Total sausage fest. When will these 100-year-old has-beens stop playing for people half their age?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 11:29 AM

Yes 10:41, because Obama just created our unemployment problem out of thin air, didn't he? The unemployment rate was 7.8% the day he took the oath of office and he inheritted the worst US economy since the great depression. The Republican party is counting on the collective amnesia/stupidity of folks like you, so keep on huffing that compressed air.

Posted by Brian Farrelly | July 6, 2012 11:33 AM

Yup. It's Bush's fault that you have no job. I do remember the last President like Obama. His name was Jimmy Carter. And Reagan turned things around by cutting taxes rather than giving away money to every non-productive person in this country then blaming his predecessor for everything. Obama has himself to blame for his bad decisions which stem from his wealth-redistributing philosophy. Obama: giving money to slackers rather than job producers causes the end result we are witnessing....high unemployment and high debt.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 11:54 AM

lol at thinking lowering taxes for the rich means they will create jobs. how much factual statistical data do you need to see before you accept that it's just not true?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 12:20 PM

^ha ha lulz

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 12:28 PM

11:54AM-Reagan actually raised taxes numerous times.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 12:57 PM

Thing were rosey during Reagan. My parents oftent reminisce about the 15% interest rates they secured on their home mortgage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:05 PM

Woody was so influential that Arlo is now a Republican.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:07 PM

^I think most families are split politically

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:13 PM

Reagan arm wrestled, was in a movie with a chimp, survived an assassination attempt and
brought down the Berlin Wall. That makes him better than Obama.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:19 PM

^I think the German People brought the wall down but whatever...

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:24 PM

How'd the German people manage to bring down the wall? It must have been the power of krautrock. Or, maybe, 99 luft balloons.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:40 PM

^yeah Reagan was there with a pick ax taking it down. Look at videos from Nov 1989...he said Tear Down This Wall...but the East German people overtook the border guards when the travel restrictions were lifted and the overflow lead to the fall of the wall. Didn't you see pictures of thousands with hammers chipping away at the wall...

BTW Hasselhoff claims he took the wall down!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:46 PM

I am a donut!

Posted by JFK | July 6, 2012 2:47 PM

from Wiki

East Germans began gathering at the wall and at the six checkpoints between East and West, demanding that border guards immediately open the gates.[72] The surprised and overwhelmed guards made many hectic telephone calls to their superiors about the problem. At first, they were ordered to find the "more aggressive" people gathered at the gates and stamp their passports with a special stamp that barred them from returning to East Germany—in effect, revoking their citizenship. However, this still left thousands of people demanding to be let through "as Schabowski said we can."[40]

It soon became clear that no one among the East German authorities would take personal responsibility for issuing orders to use lethal force, so the vastly outnumbered soldiers had no way to hold back the huge crowd of East German citizens. Finally, at 10:45 pm, the guards finally yielded, opening the checkpoints and allowing people through with little or no identity checking. As the Ossis swarmed through, they were greeted by Wessis waiting with flowers and champagne amid wild rejoicing. Soon afterward, a crowd of West Berliners jumped on top of the wall, and were soon joined by East German youngsters. They danced together to celebrate their new freedom.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:49 PM

2:49 I understand he physically didn't dismantle the wall but he was a driving force in bringing an end to communism in Germany and Eastern Europe.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:58 PM

Well there really is only one way to settle this dissagreement! ARM WRESTLE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:01 PM

I think he or they are having fun with this, 2:58. Nobody could be stupid enough to think Reagan wasn't central to what happened.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:23 PM

RON PAUL 2012!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:32 PM

Nobody could be stupid enough not to realize the German people were central to the wall falling down.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 4:10 PM

Ok. ^Krafthaus!?LOL! Some of these shows do sound corny as hell. But let his family pay their respects. What he contributed, er, copied,to traditional form songwriting in structure &technique while waxing politcal captures an interesting part of American history.

Posted by Nicole | July 11, 2012 1:50 PM

Oh. My. God. Basically every single one of you are complete idiots. You post vitriolic nonsense under the guise of anonymity and feel as if you are strong-minded and intelligent spouting truths. I am so sick and tired of comment sections that homes to idiot trolls, webmasters should do away with them in haste and free us from your ignorance. You make ME feel stupid just reading your words. GO AWAY.

Posted by Ryan | July 11, 2012 2:10 PM

^Ryan's pussy hurts

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 2:29 PM

Who's the pussy who won't even post under their actual name, and thank you for just confirming what I previously posted.

Posted by Ryan | July 11, 2012 2:31 PM

^ who you calling a pussy, you pussy?

Posted by Tom | July 11, 2012 2:51 PM

You fucking idiot. Typing a first name in the box doesn't make you somehow less anonymous. See I have have typed 'Joe' into the box. Does it change anything? Shit for brains and a mangina, life has to be hard for you.

Posted by Joe | July 11, 2012 2:52 PM

@2:51 - good call.
Ryan - search this site for someone named "D" - you and he should shack up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 3:06 PM

Wow, "shit for brains" and "mangina." It is like arguing with a second grader. You are right about the name though, you being "Joe" doesn't change anything, it doesn't matter. But there is something to the proliferation of negative commenting on forums and ability to do it anonymously. That is why reputable forums require postings under actual names with actual email addresses associated with them. The point of this article was about Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday celebration, and you "troll" it into idiocy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 3:38 PM

^your hero was a pinko. Now go cry some more because someone said something you don't like.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 3:53 PM

time flys.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 3:41 PM

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