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Woody Guthrie turns 100 (and that means lots of events)

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


for more Woody: listen to a recent feature on NPR


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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