Kent, Wash. – March 21, 2005 – The Kent Arts Commission is proud to present folk legend, Arlo Guthrie as part of the 2004-2005 Spotlight Series. Arlo will be joined by his son Abe Guthrie for a special evening of music at Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center (25800 164th Avenue SE, Covington) on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Arlo Guthrie was born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, the eldest son of legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company. Guthrie grew up surrounded by musicians: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, all of whom were significant influences on Arlo’s musical career. Guthrie gave his first public performance at age 13 and quickly became involved in the music that was shaping the world during the 1960s. Playing Greenwich Village in New York City, Arlo developed his own style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in a large community of singer-songwriter-musicians.
Arlo Guthrie’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant,” whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and 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 never had a hit in the usual sense.
Over the last four decades, Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician – playing the piano, six- and twelve-string guitars, harmonica and a dozen other instruments – Arlo is a natural-born storyteller whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances. Today Arlo spends nearly 10 months of the year on the road, and is frequently accompanied by his son Abe. Abe has shared the stage with his father for over 15 years, playing keyboards and providing additional vocals.
Arlo Guthrie appears in Kent as part of the 2004-2005 Spotlight Series. Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent, or by phone with a Visa or Mastercard during business hours at (253) 856-5050. Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services. The Arlo Guthrie concert is sponsored by The Boeing Company and Curran Mendoza Attorneys. For information call (253) 856-5050 or visit www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts.