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ARLO GUTHRIE, APRIL 2

March 23, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
ARLO GUTHRIE AND THE MASSACREE BAND
Sunday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
Alice’s Restaurant 40th Anniversary Tour
With Abe Guthrie on keyboards,
Gordon Titcomb on steel mandolin and banjo, and the Massacree Band


Fairfax, Virginia, March 2, 2006—On Thanksgiving Day 1965, Arlo Guthrie began writing his epic saga "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree." Based on actual events in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the saga became a song. The song became a record. The record became a major motion picture and Arlo Guthrie became a cultural hero, inspiring a whole generation to social consciousness and activism. Although he stopped performing "Alice" years ago, Arlo continues to entertain audiences all over the world, keeping alive the rich traditions and social values synonymous with the '60s – as Arlo says, "Freedom, Peace, Justice…the usual stuff.”. The Center for the Arts welcomes Arlo Guthrie, Abe Guthrie, Gordon Titcomb and the Massacree Band for a very special performance on Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, takes place on the hall’s Grand Tier at 6:15 p.m.

A natural-born storyteller and musician, in addition to playing the piano, six- and twelve-string guitars, harmonica and more, Guthrie ties his shows together with witty anecdotes and thought-provoking ideas. Included on the 40th Anniversary program will be many favorites, including “City of New Orleans,” “The Motorcycle Song,” ‘Coming Into Los Angeles,’ and various traditional songs which link audiences together over and over again through the years.

“Some people think a folksinger is someone who just sings their own songs. That's a shame. It's like being of the tradition, rather than in it,” says Arlo. “I've taught myself to make any song I like, my own.”

Still taking on the tough issues, recent events compelled Arlo and his family to ride the Amtrak City of New Orleans in December 2005, from Chicago to New Orleans, stopping along the way to perform benefit concerts. “Arlo Guthrie & Friends, Ridin' on the City of New Orleans” (Benefiting Victims of Katrina) has raised over $140,000 so far, and contributions are still coming in.


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THIS PERFORMANCE IS PART OF THE AMERICAN ECHOES SERIES
SPONSORED BY
VERIZON FEDERAL NETWORK SYSTEMS

Tickets for ARLO GUTHRIE are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at
888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.