Woody Guthrie's impact on American culture hasn't dimmed over the years nor has his influence on popular music. In celebration of the legendary singer's legacy, Swallow Hill Music Association is hosting the Woody Guthrie Festival: Weaving the Threads. In addition to performances by headliners Jay Farrar of Son Volt (tonight) and by Woody's granddaughter, Sara Lee Guthrie (tomorrow night), a range of musicians will pay tribute to their hero. A variety of Woody experts and collectors will also be on hand to exhibit memorabilia, discuss the man's life and work, and lead a sing-along workshop.
"All of the artists on the festival bill embrace the creative legacy of Woody Guthrie in the music they create today," says Swallow Hill spokesman Chip Herter. "Be it a wry observation of American culture or a timeless Americana melody, the performing artists pay homage to Guthrie in their music and lyrics."
The Woody Guthrie Festival begins today at 5 p.m. at Swallow Hill, 71 East Yale Avenue, and continues tomorrow night at the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine Street. Admission to the all-ages fest is $30 for each night's concert (or $25 for members); Saturday's Guthrie exhibit/workshop is $10. For tickets and info, call 303-777-1003 or visit www.swallowhillmusic.org.
Fri., July 30; Sat., July 31, 2010