The following press release has just confirmed the expected addition of Jackson Browne to the line up of the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert taking place at the Brady Theater in Tulsa on Saturday, March 10. I had heard through the grapevine that this was in the works, and the Grammy Museum just made it official. Browne’s socio-politically active musicianship is a perfect fit for this Woody Guthrie tribute. His presence adds even more prestige and excitement to this performance that already features a stellar gathering of artists. There’s been some good buzz about this show around town and this announcement is sure to kick things up a notch. And I’m still hoping that more of the musical Guthries will be making an appearance at the show also. I’ve got my tickets – don’t wait to get yours as this show may be sold out. Hope to see many of you Tulsans at the Brady one week from this Saturday! Read the whole announcement for more news about the show and the events in celebration of Woody’s 100th.
The full text of the press release sent out via e-mail by the Grammy Museum, Feb. 29, 2012:
For Immediate Release
The GRAMMY Museum, Woody Guthrie Publications and The Woody Guthrie Archives Announce Addition To Tulsa’s
This Land Is Your Land ~ The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert Lineup
Jackson Browne To Join John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Rosanne Cash, Del McCoury Band, The Flaming Lips, Old Crow Medicine Show,
HANSON, Tim O’Brien and Jimmy LaFave
Tickets On Sale Now At http://protixonline.com/
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 29, 2012) – The LA-based GRAMMY Museum, in conjunction with Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives, has announced today the addition of Jackson Browne as a special guest to the This Land Is Your Land ~ The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert lineup in Tulsa, Okla. Taking place Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at The Brady Theater, the concert serves as the pinnacle of the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration in Tulsa, and is the first installment of the series. Jackson Browne joins the previously announced lineup of John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Rosanne Cash, Del McCoury Band, The Flaming Lips, Old Crow Medicine Show, HANSON, Tim O’Brien and Jimmy LaFave, who will be performing various Guthrie classics. Author Michael Wallis and poet Joy Harjo will also be participating as narrators for the show using various Woody Guthrie texts.
“The goal of The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert is not just to pay tribute to Guthrie’s obvious contributions to American music, but to also broaden the national understanding of his cultural impact,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director, Bob Santelli. “The line-up scheduled for the Brady Theater show in Tulsa speaks volumes about Guthrie’s influence. It’s truly an honor to be producing this all-star event.”
Woody Guthrie’s sister, Mary Jo Edgmon, will also be attending the celebration, and will be receiving a GRAMMY Museum American Music History plaque on behalf of Woody’s birthplace, Okemah, OK to honor their annual Woody Guthrie Festival.
Designed to celebrate Guthrie’s extraordinary body of work and impact on American music, Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, will take place March 5 – 11. In addition to the concert, the celebration will include a George Kaiser Family Foundation-sponsored exhibition titled Woody at One Hundred: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration 1912-2012 atGilcrease Museum, various educational programming and a conference at The University of Tulsa titled “Different Shades of Red.” The George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), a Tulsa-based charitable organization, purchased the Woody Guthrie Archives in 2011 from Woody Guthrie Publications in New York and will create a permanent home for the Archives and make Guthrie’s collection available for research and education in downtown Tulsa.
The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration is one of the largest and most comprehensive Centennial celebrations ever staged for an American music icon. For the most up-to-date information and a complete schedule of events for the entire Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, visit www.woody100.com.
About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver. www.grammymuseum.org
About Woody Guthrie Publications
Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. maintains Woody Guthrie’s catalog of music and is business administrator for Woody Guthrie’s creative works. Additionally Woody Guthrie Publications produces and sponsors new works based on his life, legacy and creative catalog. www.woodyguthrie.org
About The Woody Guthrie Archives
Established in 1972, the Woody Guthrie Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves as administrator and caretaker of the Woody Guthrie Archives. Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of information about Woody Guthrie’s vast cultural legacy, the Woody Guthrie Archives houses the largest collection of Woody Guthrie material in the world. Since it’s opening in 1996, the Woody Guthrie Archives has been a major success becoming an important resource for the general public, musicians, singers, songwriters, scholars, and public and private cultural institutions wishing to access the research collection. The Archives contains a wealth of primary source material pertinent to the study of Woody Guthrie, and his life and times in America during the 20th Century. www.woodyguthrie.org
About George Kaiser Family Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, GKFF works primarily on initiatives developed in collaboration with Tulsa-based direct service organizations. For more information about George Kaiser Family Foundation, visit www.gkff.org
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