One of the greatest American folk singers of the 20th century, Arlo Guthrie, appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. bringing a program titled “Boys’ Night Out,” a highly entertaining evening of folk favorites, witty stories and amusing anecdotes. Joining Guthrie onstage are his son, Abe Guthrie; his grandson, Krisha Guthrie; and longtime collaborator, Terry a la Berry.
“An 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)
A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
Born in Coney Island, N.Y. in 1947, Guthrie is the eldest son of American songwriter, singer and philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, who danced professionally with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Guthrie gave his first public performance at age 13 and quickly became involved in the 1960s folk scenes in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia.
In 1967, Guthrie became a household name with the release of his album, “Alice’s Restaurant.” Based on a true incident in Guthrie’s life, the 18-minute title track, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and helped usher in a new commitment to social consciousness and activism among the generation that came of age in the 1960s.
In 1969, Guthrie starred as himself in Arthur Penn’s motion picture based on the song. In the past four decades, Guthrie has entertained audiences across the globe with his incredible mastery of the piano, six and 12-string guitar, harmonica and more than a dozen other instruments, and his hilarious and witty storytelling abilities. In 1983, he launched his own record label, Rising Son Records, which holds his complete catalogue, as well as works by his family and friends.
In addition to music, Guthrie has also had acting roles on the ABC series “Byrds of Paradise” and the USA series “Renegade.” He has written and published a popular newsletter, “The Rolling Blunder Review,” since 1986, and is also the author of an award-winning children’s book, “Mooses Come Walking,” which was illustrated by Alice May Brock (the “Alice” in “Alice’s Restaurant). Committed to social change, Guthrie and his family purchased the Old Trinity Church in Great Barrington, Mass. in 1991 – the location of the events that inspired the song “Alice’s Restaurant” – and it is now home to The Guthrie Center, a non-profit dedicated to providing a wide range of community programs from providing HIV/AIDS services to raising awareness and money for a cure for Huntington’s Disease. (Guthrie’s mother was the founder of the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, the genetic neurological disorder that ended Woody Guthrie’s life.)
The Guthrie Foundation is a separate not-for-profit educational organization formed to address issues concerning the environment, health care, cultural preservation and educational exchange.
Tickets for ARLO GUTHRIE are $24, $40, $48. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit cfa.gmu.edu.