The Center For The Arts Presents Arlo Guthrie Opening: Folk Uke
Thursday, April 23, 2020
8:00pm, doors open at 7
at The Center for the Arts
If hindsight is 20/20 vision, Arlo Guthrie has a vast perspective looking forward. After decades of perpetually touring, the folk singer is dialing it back a bit, but the road has become a way of life for Arlo: sharing songs and stories, getting to the heart of what really matters, and of course, being a comedic agitator. It’s in his blood. It’s who he is. It’s what he does. Stirring the pot, questioning the powers that be, and reminding us what it’s all about with humor and passion.
Initially making a name for himself in the sixties with the iconic Alice’s Restaurant Massacree and providing perhaps the most often repeated phrase from Woodstock (“The New York State Thru- way is closed, man.”), Guthrie helped define the singer-songwriter genre burgeoning in the seventies. With over thirty albums in his discography, an Arlo Guthrie show delivers an astounding time capsule from the works of his dad, Woody Guthrie, to the present day.
Although Arlo is going to ease the breakneck pace of touring from years past to take more time to ride his motorcycle, see the sights and visit friends, he will reappear at some of his favorite venues, and even a few new ones throughout 2020 and beyond. Arlo’s 20/20 Tour will continue to feature the crowd favorite Alice’s Restaurant Massacree through May 2020. Accompanying him will be longtime bandmates Abe Guthrie and drummer Terry “A La Berry” Hall. An evening with Arlo Guthrie will be what it’s always been — inspirational, uplifting, intimate, humorous, and affecting.
For select dates of Arlo’s 20/20 Tour, Guthrie will be joined by Folk Uke, the enchantingly harmo- nizing, irreverent and indecorously humored duo of Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson. Folk Uke has three albums to date and their music has been featured in Orange Is The New Black and Super Troopers 2.
It was 1998 in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter when Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson met at a bar…where they both worked. One was a tramp and one was devastatingly pure. With a ukulele and an acoustic guitar, they formed a band for the same reason kids join gangs— just to survive, but also to unleash the brilliance that was poking them from within.
Don’t believe the rumors. Folk Uke is not totally amazing. They’re just kind of amazing. If you find yourself at a Folk Uke show, you are in for a treat— but maybe not the kind of treat that you like the taste of. Come to a show and see for yourself.
Better yet, buy their albums first and you may save yourself the trouble. And if you make it to a live Folk Uke show, do your best to enjoy it…and then give them two more chances. They are hit and miss, but so are you most likely, and that is their charm.
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