There is no question that Arlo Guthrie was born and bred to be a folk music legend. His famous father, Woody Guthrie, introduced Arlo to the underbelly of New York music during a crucial time of United States history, when the 1960s and 70s called for social revolution. Now hear Arlo Guthrie live at Conner Prairie with Time for Three this Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 8 pm. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event are $22 for adults and $11 for Indianapolis kids, in advance. At the gate, tickets are $27 for adults and $13 for children.
Woody Guthrie found his singing voice during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when he was forced to leave his Oklahoma home in search of work out West. While in California, Guthrie met many political radicals and began using his music as a platform for their message. Making a name for himself on his protest songs, Guthrie’s “Dust Bowl Ballads” connected with many people of the era. His most famous song “This Land is Your Land,” has become a piece of Americana and a national anthem of sorts.
Eventually he headed to New York, and met his wife Marjorie Mazia, a dancer and instructor with the renowned Martha Graham Dance School. Together they gave birth to Arlo, who landed in the middle of a community of folk singers, political activists, poets, artists and other free spirited individuals. He grew up surrounded by names like Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, all of which were significant influences on Arlo as a musician. At the age of 13, he gave his first performance and became actively involved in the growing “Folk Boom” happening at that time.
He witnessed the rise of singers like Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Joan Baez and Phil Ochs. At the same time, he was hanging out with beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and Lord Buckley. Everyone Arlo met enhanced his understanding of the world and his art. Like his father, Arlo would soon make a name for himself creating protest songs.
His first big hit came in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant.” The song, which runs roughly 18 minutes long, is based on a true story of Arlo’s rejection from military service for a prior misdemeanor conviction (for littering). While the song was too long for regular radio play, it was picked up heavily by counter-culture and college radio stations. Two years after its release, Arlo starred in a film based on the song.
Guthrie continues to write and play for a new generation. While his political tendencies are less left leaning these days, this registered Republican still has something to say. See him at Conner Prairie with Time for Three this Friday and Saturday.
Time for Three
Time for Three is a trio of stringed instrumentalists that blend genres like classical, country western, gypsy and jazz to form a sound that is completely unique. With a passion for improvisation, the three members of this band, Zach De Pue (violin), Nick Kendall (violin) and Ranaan Meyer (double bass), are constantly feeding off of each other’s energy.
The three met as students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and started playing together outside of class. Soon, they evolved into a full fledged trio, melding charisma and musical adeptness to create a one-of-a-kind show. Don’t miss this exciting and young band who are taking the classical music world by storm.
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Arlo Guthrie and Time for Three
Friday, July 22 to Saturday, July 23