Folk icon Arlo Guthrie comes to the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie on November 16 for a Sunday show not to be missed. and The Bardavon are giving away two free tickets to the show. Share this post for a chance to be one of the lucky fans!
Guthrie was born in Coney Island in 1947, the son of legendary songwriter Woody Guthrie. He grew up surrounded by Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Ronnie Gilbert, Cisco Houston and other American greats, so his live musical debut at the age of 13 was no surprise. Since that first performance 53 years ago, Guthrie has toured the globe carrying on the folk legacy his father started. Arlo performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival , many Newport Folk Festivals, and has played with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Doc Watson. Next Sunday, he brings his legacy back to the Bardavon for the first time in more than two decades.
Fans will be pining for a live preview of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” a musical monologue that will be played from myriad radio stations 11 days after The Bardavon show. A satirical first-hand account of Guthrie’s criminal charge of littering and his subsequent disqualification from the Vietnam draft, the 18+ minute anti-war song has become nearly as synonymous with Thanksgiving Day as turkey and football. Like “Alice’s Restaurant,” many of Guthrie’s tunes include political and social commentary, and poignant anecdotes and stories are sprinkled in during shows.
As Guthrie states on his website, “Sometimes it’s good to just let go of the world and enjoy the natural progression of things.” That’s what admirers will do on November 16 as The Bardavon’s two tiers will be filled with fans spanning many generations.
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