Iconic American folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie will play four shows, one in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide along with his performance at the 30th Anniversary of Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2019. Tickets are now on sale for this one-night-only show at The Gov.
In 1965, a teenaged Guthrie performed a "friendly gesture" that proved to be fateful. Arrested for littering, Guthrie was deemed "not moral enough to join the army" and recounted these events on the album Alice's Restaurant in 1967. The "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", an 18 minute and 20 second partially sung comic monologue opposing the war and the backward reasoning of authority has become a quintessential anti-establishment anthem.
Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Guthrie is the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Growing up, Guthrie was surrounded by such renowned artists as Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, to name only a few. Not surprisingly, Guthrie drew from these influences and he, in turn, became a delineative artist, bridging generations of folk with songs of protest and social justice.
Alice's Restaurant achieved platinum status and was made into a movie in 1969 (in which Guthrie played himself) by the esteemed Oscar-nominated director Arthur Penn. 1969 also brought Guthrie to the rock festival of the ages – Woodstock, showcasing his chart-topping "Coming Into Los Angeles", which was included on the multi-platinum Woodstock soundtrack and movie.
Guthrie has become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years. Classically styled folk songs intermingled with clever storytelling and a keen sense of humour remain his trademark, in addition to his broad musical accomplishments. Guthrie is a road warrior, touring almost constantly, alone or with friends and family.
Since the first time he performed in public in 1961 at the age of 13, and after almost sixty years of shows, Guthrie, now in his 70s, has become an American folk elder — a keeper of the flame.
Don't miss this very special opportunity to see Arlo Guthrie live at The Gov on Wednesday 24 April 2019, 7.30pm. General Admission tickets are now on sale through thegov.oztix.com.au and priced $72.95pp. Early bookings are encouraged.
General Admission tickets are now on sale through thegov.oztix.com.au and priced $72.95pp.
Early bookings are encouraged.