Arlo Guthrie to honor father at Kent Stage concert

By Kelly Maile | staff writer Published:

Arlo Guthrie will be celebrating musician Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday at 8 p.m. Wednesday with a night of music and stories at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. in Kent.

Throughout his career, Arlo Guthrie has honored his father in song and in life.

With Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday this year, his son has launched a new tour, Here Comes The Kid, which will run nationwide through 2013 in select venues, and will celebrate the legacy of Guthrie's father.

The tour will honor Woody's contributions to American folk music and confirm Woody's song and strong folk tradition is alive.

Arlo will pay homage to his dad with renditions of Woody's songs, his own works and grace the audience with his humor and storytelling.

Tom Simpson, co-owner of the Kent Stage, is hosting the solo performance.

"It will be a mixture of Arlo Guthrie hits and songs that his father made famous," Simpson said. "You don't want to miss this special evening at the Kent Stage."

This unique and inspiring solo concert will offer an intimate experience between Arlo and the audience.

"It's a special tour that he's doing," Simpson said. "He's only doing a few of these shows and it's just very special. It's just him, a piano and a guitar. It's not like any show he has ever done before."

Arlo Guthrie is a folk performer, political and social activist and a storyteller. He is inspired by the genius of his father and friends such as Leadbelly, Brownee McGee and Cisco Houston, to name a few.

This will be Arlo's second time performing at the Kent Stage.

"He's someone we truly like," Simpson said. "He is an icon in the folk world and a lot of different worlds. On Thanksgiving, you hear "Alice's Restaurant" all over the country and all kinds of radio stations. We are honored to have him here."

Tickets to the event range from $55.50 to $85.50. They are available online at www.kentstage.org. Visit the Kent Stage online or call 330-677-5005 for more information.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or kmaile@recordpub.com

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