Arlo Guthrie

Boys Night Out

Friday, November 18, 8pm, Concert Hall

Three generations of Guthrie boys on stage! Arlo Guthrie is gearing up for the Guthrie “Boys’ Night Out” with Abe and Krishna. For over four decades, Arlo Guthrie has toured the world winning a broad and dedicated following. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Guthrie is a natural-born storyteller whose hilarious tales and timeless anecdotes are woven seamlessly into his performances.

Reserved Seating: $35, $30, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10

One of the great 20th century American folk singers—and consummate storytellers—comes to the Center with his son Abe Guthrie, grandson Krishna Guthrie, and longtime collaborator, Terry a La Berry for a highly entertaining evening of folk favorites, amusing stories, and witty anecdotes. “A hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th century American folk music one could possibly have.” (The Independent, London) The son of singer-songwriter and activist Woody Guthrie, Arlo’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of his highly original “Alice’s Restaurant,” a satirical anti-war anthem. The record spun off a hit movie and Guthrie became a cultural hero to a new generation espousing social consciousness and activism. A gifted musician on the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Guthrie has equal talent for clever repartee, promising an event the whole family will enjoy.

If you’ve been to an Arlo Guthrie concert in the past 20 years, it’s likely you’ve seen Abe and heard his adept and tasteful keyboard accompaniment along with his powerful supporting vocals. It was rare to see an Arlo show without Abe by his side. Arlo, who has just completed a year-long Solo Reunion Tour, said, “Abe is just a great musician. I can’t wait to get back to playing together.” Krishna Guthrie, at only 17, is already an accomplished musician playing drums and guitar. He got his first drum set at two; by three he had already made his first appearance with his father and grandfather on stage. Since then, he has occasionally joined the family on stage playing drums. This summer Arlo travels with his son and grandson for the Guthrie Boys’ Night Out. The name says it all. This is a ‘must-see’ show for fans of all ages.

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.

He grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, all of whom were significant influences on Arlo’s musical career. Guthrie gave his first public performance in 1961 at age 13 and quickly became involved in the music that was shaping the world.

Arlo practically lived in the most famous venues of the “Folk Boom” era. In New York City he hung out at Gerdes Folk City, The Gaslight and The Bitter End. In Boston’s Club 47, and in Philadelphia he made places like The 2nd Fret and The Main Point his home. He witnessed the transition from an earlier generation of ballad singers like Richard Dyer-Bennet and blues-men like Mississippi John Hurt, to a new era of singer-song writers such as Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Joan Baez, and Phil Ochs. He grooved with the beat poets like Allen Ginsburg and Lord Buckley, and picked with players like Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. He learned something from everyone and developed his own style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in a crowded community of singer-songwriters and political-social commentators.

Arlo Guthrie’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant”, whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of “Alice’s Restaurant”, directed by Arthur Penn.

With songs like “Alice’s Restaurant”, too long for radio airplay; “Coming into Los Angeles”, banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”, Guthrie was no One-Hit-Wonder. An artist of international stature, he has never had a ‘hit’ in the usual sense. He has usually preferred to walk to his own beat rather than march in step to the drum of popular culture.

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14 Replies to “Arlo Guthrie”

  1. I love Arlo’s concluding number: My Peace.

    But the performance acoustics were terrible! What was the problem? It’s not the space: I heard Arlo perform at the Fine Arts Center ca. 2007, and he sounded great then. This time, all the voices sounded muffled, so the audience had trouble understanding both spoken and sung words. Wasn’t there a pre-performance sound check? There should at least have been a correction during intermission.

  2. I loved the show but was also very dissapointed with the acoustics. I think a free or at least highly discounted tickets for another show is in order. Any body else think so?

  3. It was good for my heart to see & hear Arlo & his family…but I agree with the other comments, the acoustics were terrible…I’m not sure if I would buy tickets to see another show at the concert hall…

  4. I was sitting way in back of the concert hall and everything sounded wonderful… in fact we were talking about how the family was blasting out fabulous sound. So the cheap tix in the back may be the answer the complainers are looking for!!

  5. I really loved seeing all the very talented members of Arlo’s family.. a very different kind of concert for him! But I do have to say, for the purist Arlo fan.. best I saw him was playing with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra… very personal, and very pure sound!

  6. Does anyone know where to get a recording of the final song… My Peace… cannot find it anywhere. Also, one of the daughters sang a haunting song about a mothers voice… cannot find that anywhere… was beautiful. thanks…

  7. Fantastic show… best I’ve seen of Arlo. The family playing together was fantastic, Arlo’s stories were great, and the kids were cute (and talented). The only disappointment was that, at least in section 2, center, the acoustics for the voice were pretty bad. Impossible to pick a best song… there were so many.

  8. Arlo, as always, is a show by himself. Were the poor acoustics the reason lyrics sounded garbled, and the harmonies seemed off? Lovely idea– the family– but not everyone is ready for a big concert hall. They seemed a bit shy or nervous and not sure they were having fun. As Arlo said, “They’ll get better.”

  9. Great show – but the acoustics left a lot to be desired. At times it was impossible to distinguish the lyrics and what performers were saying in their intros. But who couldn’t love Arlo’s story of his wife being arrested at Bradley? Take Me to Show-and-Tell was priceless.

  10. Loved the show, but it definitely wasn’t Boys Night Out, with three daughters plus grandchildren on stage with the boys. Arlo’s stories leading into songs are always great, and I think I’ll have to check out Folk Uke. As others have said, the sound was not good. I was sitting up front, and could hear pretty well, but had to deal with a delayed echo coming back from the hall behind me.

  11. Loved seeing Arlo and his whole family. They’re all so talented
    & entertaining in their own way. Have seen Arlo ‘s show at Spring Symphony
    Hall & have seen Sara & Jeremy perform on their own, so we enjoyed seeing
    everyone perform together. Great to see his grand-kids up there.. some shy, some
    just owning the stage already! Thanks!

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