Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour

Jan 22, 2016 7:00 pm

Back again after an incredible show at The Lyric Theatre last season, singer-songwriter and folk musician Arlo Guthrie will perform the 1967 song that brought him fame: “Alice’s Restaurant.” Guthrie’s performance this January is a rare opportunity to see the eighteen-minute long peace anthem performed live, so if you missed the show last season, don’t miss out this time. In addition to the Thanksgiving favorite, Guthrie will perform a number of his other big hits, including “Massachusetts” and “Coming into Los Angeles.”

The son of folk musician and social activist Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie was born on Coney Island in 1947. Arlo spent many years as a young child surrounded by his father’s artistic friends, including Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, and Pete Seeger. Although influenced by his father’s distinct sound, Arlo Guthrie paved his own way, developing an individual style that became the voice of the 1960s. At the age of 19, Guthrie recorded one of his most famous pieces, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” Documenting an incident in Arlo’s life in which the young activist avoided the Vietnam War draft through the act of littering, the recording is a spoken monologue set to the guitar. The 1967 album was wildly successful, earning platinum status and inspiring a feature-length film two years later.

In 1969, Arlo Guthrie performed a historic set at Woodstock, where he debuted the famous song “Coming into Los Angeles.” The recording was included on the platinum-selling Woodstock album and subsequent film. By 1983, Guthrie had become an independent artist, creating his own record label called Rising Son Records, which was one of the first indie labels ever formed. Rising Son Records has released over twenty of Guthrie’s recordings throughout his career. Guthrie has also appeared in a number of films and television shows, including “The Byrds of Paradise” and “Relativity.”
Due to the cumbersome length of the piece, the beloved “Alice’s Restaurant” is rarely performed. This past year marked the 50th anniversary of the song’s release, and Guthrie’s fifth anniversary tour. His performance at The Lyric last season was met with rousing applause and great critical acclaim. Arlo Guthrie’s repeat performance at The Lyric Theatre this season will be a unique chance to hear the classic folk anthem live and in a remarkably intimate setting.


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