Center for the Arts Presents Arlo Guthrie

Posted: March 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie
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On Thanksgiving Day 1965, Arlo Guthrie began writing his epic saga “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” Based on actual events in Stockbridge, Mass., the saga became a song. The song became a record. The record became a major motion picture, and Guthrie became a cultural hero, inspiring a generation to social consciousness and activism.

Although he stopped performing “Alice” years ago, Guthrie continues to entertain audiences all over the world, keeping alive the rich traditions and social values synonymous with the ’60s – as Guthrie says, “Freedom, peace, justice … the usual stuff.” The Center for the Arts welcomes Arlo Guthrie, Abe Guthrie, Gordon Titcomb and the Massacree Band on Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m.

A natural-born storyteller and musician, Guthrie ties his shows together with witty anecdotes and thought-provoking ideas. Included on the 40th anniversary program will be many favorites, including “City of New Orleans,” “The Motorcycle Song,” “Coming into Los Angeles” and various traditional songs.

Although he’s known for his songwriting, Guthrie also plays the piano, six- and 12-string guitars, harmonica and other instruments.

Recent events compelled Guthrie and his family to ride the Amtrak City of New Orleans in December 2005 from Chicago to New Orleans, stopping along the way to perform benefit concerts. “Arlo Guthrie & Friends, Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans,” to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, has raised more than $140,000 to date.

The Center for the Arts performance is part of the American Echoes series sponsored by Verizon Federal Network Systems.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, takes place in the hall’s Grand Tier at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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