If you missed the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration at Club Nokia and the Grammy Museum back in the springtime, well. Surely you're probably a mite down about it. After all, Arlo Guthrie showed to pay tribute to his dearly missed balladeer father, a man who was a legend in both music and social change circles.
As just about anyone in the arts or activism can tell you, it can be hard to become a legend in either. You have to have talent and fortitude and smarts and gumption. And Woody Guthrie certainly had a lot of all that.
The celebration of his birth year continues, though, meaning if you did miss the week-long April party you've got another chance to remember the man: Woody Guthrie Concert Celebration, a free show at echoplex on Sunday, July 15, will continue to good vibes and spirit.
Triple Chicken Foot and a caboodle of singers and bands are set to make beautiful music during the afternoon; plus vintage tees will be for sale and art and there will be people talking ideas and such. The late afternoon/evening hoedown gets going about 4 and ends at the reasonable hour of 9 p.m.
The Sunday afternoon shindig that ends at reasonable hour? Can this be every weekend? It's a fine idea.
Woody Guthrie, as you likely know, had many ties to Los Angeles, and to the neighborhood of Echo Park, so raising a fiddle and bow in his honor at echoplex feels apt. Oh, and Mr. Guthrie was born on July 14, so Woody Guthrie Concert Celebration truly is a birthday celebrations of sort. (Kudos to U Want to Go Go for the tip.)
Our favorite bit of the event is the everybody-join-in sing-along of "This Land Is Your Land." When's the last time you jumped in on singing that with a bunch of neighborly strangers? Too long? See you at the Grand Ole Echo, friend.