Arlo Guthrie helps kick off Woody Guthrie Folk Festival on Wednesday
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
7/11/12 at 4:13 AM
This week, I'm celebrating the centennial of folk musician and human rights activist Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 years old Saturday, July 14.
The 15th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival kicks off Wednesday night with a concert from his son Arlo in Woody's home town of Okemah. It runs through Sunday.
It was made for you and me. Perhaps, even better, it's free.
There is one ticketed concert this year to help offset the cost of the free festival, organizers said. It's a good'un, too.
Arlo Guthrie headlines a return stop to his father's home town on Wednesday to celebrate the centennial in a solo acoustic concert at the newly renovated Crystal Theater in Okemah. Tickets are still available.
"To put it in perspective, my father didn't see himself as an originator of ideas," Arlo Guthrie said of his iconic father in an interview earlier this year. "He saw himself as somebody who was a link in a long chain of people who have tried to make a difference and who stood up for certain principles that are uniquely American, and so it's not a big stretch to see yourself in that long link somewhere."
Many links of that chain will be in Okemah to celebrate this week: Billy Bragg, Melanie, Jimmy LaFave, Judy Collins, the Red Dirt Rangers, The Damn Quails and more.
Read more in Thursday's Weekend section in the Tulsa World.
Original Print Headline: Happy birthday, Woody Guthrie!
Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
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