Woody Guthrie's centennial events in New York City
Commemorate the centennial of Woody Guthrie's birth at an event dedicated to the legendary folksinger.
Fri Jul 6 2012
Fete Woody Guthrie, on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Screenings, concerts, readings and even the a so-called WoodyFest honor the legendary folksinger.
- Price band: 2/4
Sarah Lee Guthrie (granddaughter of Woody, daughter of Arlo) and Johnny Irion perform their smoky, lived-in folk and roots rock to celebrate what would've been Sarah's grandpa's 100th birthday. You want authentic? You got it.
- Price band: 3/4
- Critics choice
Steve Earle hosts this three-night tribute to Woody Guthrie, to celebrate what would've been the Dust Bowl icon's 100th birthday. Wednesday's lineup features veteran country-bluesman John Hammond, plus actor and musician Tim Robbins (whose son is named Miles Guthrie). Thursday has soft-voiced songstress Rachael Yamagata, plus Chris Wood's the Wood Brothers, and soul legend Allen Toussaint. British folk hero Billy Bragg tops Friday's bill, with singer-songwriters Amy Helm and Joe Purdy.
- Price band: 1/4
The O.G. of protest song Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma but moved to Coney Island in 1940—so it seems fitting that this tribute to Guthrie brings local folkies together at a cozy, super old-timey Brooklyn venue.
Nora Guthrie, director of the Woody Guthrie Archives, compiled the walking guide My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town, which maps the singer’s haunts in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. She'll sign the book at the Coney Island Museum’s 4pm screening of the 1999 doc Man in the Sand, about the collaborative Billy Bragg and Wilco project, which used unpublished Guthrie lyrics. (Bragg will speak following the film.)
- Coney Island Museum
- Sat Jul 16
David Carradine does an uncanny job of impersonating Woody Guthrie in Ashby's fine biopic—certainly the most underrated of that year’s Best Picture nominees (the others: Taxi Driver, Rocky, All the President’s Men and Network).
- Critics choice
The Dust Bowl icon would have been blowing out 100 birthday-cake candles this year. To honor his legacy—which seems only to grow stronger with each new political crisis—Woody’s son Arlo heads up this family shindig.
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