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Arlo Guthrie to make pilgrimage to Okemah to play his father's hometown folk festival

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Arlo Guthie peforms during the 13th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Okla., Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives
Arlo Guthie peforms during the 13th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Okla., Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives

OKEMAH— Arlo Guthrie will make one of his regular pilgrimages to his father's Oklahoma hometown this summer for the 22nd annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. 

Arlo Guthrie, who recently wrapped a trek in Australia, last played the 2017 edition of the festival honoring his father. 

As previously reported, the Woody Guthrie Coalition will welcome Guthrie family members, veteran songwriters and festival favorites to the event affectionately known as WoodyFest. 

The 2019 festival is set for July 10-14 at various venues in Woody Guthrie’s birthplace of Okemah.

The celebration of the late folk icon’s 107th birthday also will feature his Willie Watson, John Paul White, Jaimee Harris, Joel Rafael, Jamie Lin Wilson, John Fullbright, Count TuTu, Joe Purdy, Nina Gerber, David Amram, Red Dirt Rangers, Ellis Paul, Randy Crouch and Jacob Tovar, plus more than 40 additional songwriters from throughout Oklahoma and the United States, according to a news release.

The Guthrie family will again be well-represented with Arlo Guthrie, Annie Guthrie (Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter) and Krishna Guthrie (Woody Guthrie’s great-grandson), as well as Cathy Guthrie (Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter), who performs as the duo Folk Uke alongside Amy Nelson (Willie Nelson’s daughter).

Woody Guthrie's sister Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon, 91, and son Arlo Guthrie tell stories about Woody during the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Okla., Friday, July 11, 2014. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Archives]
Woody Guthrie's sister Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon, 91, and son Arlo Guthrie tell stories about Woody during the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Okla., Friday, July 11, 2014. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Archives]

This will be the first WoodyFest since the passing of Woody Guthrie's younger sister, Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon. As previously reported, Mary Jo died in March at the age of 96. Although she wasn't always able to attend WoodyFest due to health issues, she was the festival's perennial guest of honor. 

Returning festival favorites include songwriter and media activist Dan Navarro; jazz, blues and folk duo Miss Brown to You; multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer-songwriter Jared Tyler; the self-proclaimed “Queen of Oklahoma” award-winning singer-songwriter Carter Sampson; self-proclaimed hillbilly and singer-songwriter Joe Purdy; the lyrically crafted singer-songwriter Jude Johnstone; folk singer and storyteller Willie Watson (a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show); and folk and jazz maestro David Amram.

Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter John Paul White will make his WoodyFest debut along with veteran songwriters including Tulsa-based socially-charged groove funk band Count TuTu and Texas folk-Americana artist Jamie Lin Wilson.

John Fullbright performs during a Jimmy LaFave tribute inside the Crystal Theatre to start the 20th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives]
John Fullbright performs during a Jimmy LaFave tribute inside the Crystal Theatre to start the 20th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives]

Festival mainstays who will be returning for the 2019 edition include Americana singer, songwriter and storyteller Ellis Paul, longtime Woody Guthrie student & collaborator, songwriter Joel Rafael, Okemah-native and Grammy-nominated Americana artist John Fullbright, Okie-grown country roots artist Jacob Tovar and red-dirt banner carriers and psychedelic cowboys the legendary Red Dirt Rangers.

The internationally acclaimed festival continues to pay tribute to Woody Guthrie through songs, communion, scholarship, tradition, storytelling and songwriting.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today, with the full schedule and list of artists available to be released in May. To buy tickets, go to www.woodyfest.com/tickets.

Tickets prices range from $40 to $120. Single-day passes will be $40, while we will have a tiered system for 3-day passes, based on how early festivalgoers buy:

Purchased between today and May 10: $80

Purchased May 11-20: $90

Purchased May 21-31: $100

Purchased June 1-July 13: $120

The festival is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Sponsors include the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Woody Guthrie Publications, & BancFirst.

For more information on WoodyFest, including volunteer and vendor opportunities, please visit www.woodyfest.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lindsey Flowers at lflowers@woodyfest.com.

-BAM

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Arlo Guthie peforms during the 13th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Okla., Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives

Arlo Guthie peforms during the 13th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Okla., Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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