Photo via woody100.com
“There’s several ways of saying what’s on your mind. And in states and counties where it ain’t any too healthy to talk too loud, speak your mind, or even to vote like you want to, folks have found other ways of getting the word around.
One of the mainest ways is by singing. Drop the word ‘folk’ and just call it real old honest to god American singing. No matter who makes it up, no matter who sings it and who don’t, if it talks the lingo of the people, it’s a cinch to catch on, and will be sung here and yonder for a long time after you’ve cashed in your chips.
If the fight gets hot, the songs get hotter. If the going gets tough, the songs get tougher.”
Quote via woodyguthrie.org
2012 marks the centennial year of the birth of the great Oklahoma-born singer, songwriter and folk-musician, Woody Guthrie. In honor of his life and his accomplishments, many events have been planned throughout the year to celebrate his influence and contributions to music and American culture. The complete schedule of events can be found at woody100.com, the official centennial website.
Poster available at the Woody Guthrie Store
Among these events including exhibitions, panel discussions and conferences is of course, concerts.
The very first of 5 scheduled “This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie at 100″ tribute concerts is to be held here, in Woody Guthrie’s birth state, this weekend.
Saturday’s show at the Brady Theater in Tulsa begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature…
Other Woody Guthrie Centennial Events this weekend include…
Woody at 100 Exhibit – Gilcrease Museum (through April 29)
“Red Dirt Hootenanny” presented by the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival on Friday, March 9 at the Cain’s Ballroom. Featured artists in include: The Red Dirt Rangers, Monica Taylor, Randy Crouch and Terry “Buffalo” Ware
If you can’t make any of these events, or if you don’t live anywhere remotely close to Oklahoma, be sure to check the schedule – there are many events scheduled nation-wide as well as world-wide. And, while you’re visiting the website (woody100.com), be sure to listen to the Woody Guthrie song of the day – you might just hear a new tune and be inspired like so many others!
And…in case you haven’t had a chance to take a look at Issue 5 – you might find a little bit of Woody’s influence in Mary Beth’s apartmnet – he’s one of her favorites! Here are a couple of things we found in her store that might help you bring Woody Guthrie into your home…
Poster and Book both available at Dwelling Spaces