Poughkeepsie Journal, 5/17/2002

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Music, dance laud folk icon Courtesy photo .., Siflgefcegngwriter Arlo Guthrie - will perform in concert at West Polnt'&rV Satur - "' day. Also on the bill is the dance troupe Vanaver Caravan. Arlo Guthrie at West Point By Rebecca Rothbaum Poughkeepsie Journal With his 1967 album "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie became a poster boy for the 1960s counterculture movement and a leading voice in a new generation of folk musicians. Today Guthrie is still performing, creating symphonic arrangements of his own songs and other American classics for orchestras across the country. Saturday evening he comes to Eisenhower Hall Theater at West Point. The Ulster County - based Vanaver Caravan will share the bill, appropriately performing a tribute in music and dance to Arlo Guthrie's folk - legend father Woody Guthrie, "Pastures of Plenty" Guthrie, who was recording this week and so could not be reached for an interview, will perform some of his best known songs, such as "Alice's Restaurant," "Darkest Hour" and "Doors of Heaven," as well as Huddy Led - better's "Midnight Special," Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." Guthrie, who was bom in IF YOU GO CONCERT What A concert by folk singer - songwriter Arlo Guthrie, and a tribute to Woody Guthrie in music ana dance by the Vanaver Caravan When Saturday, 8 pm. Where Eisenhower Hall Theater, West Point. TicketsInformation Tickets are $36, $34 and $32 and are available by calling the box office at (845 938 - 4159 or charge - by - phone at 454 - 3388 1947, grew up surrounded by the most influential folk singers and songwriters of the time including his father, Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Rambhn' Jack Elliot and The Weavers. He honed his own sound playing in Greenwich Village during the 1960s' folk revival, emerging at the 1967 Newport Folk Festival with the hit "Alice's Restaurant," which was made into a film two years later by Arthur Perm The title song, a long monologue about how a Thanksgiving dinner gone awry kept Guthrie out of the Vietnam draft, earned Guthrie a solid reputation as a storyteller "I can only imagine that he learned that skill from all the great musician - storytellersstorytellers he grew up listening to, including his father," said Tao Rodriguez Seeger frontman for the local band The Mammals and grand son of Pete Seeger, the singersongwriter and envi ronmentahst who lives in Beacon. "It was a time when music was really all about the story" Music Inclusive Seeger also compared Guthrie to his grandfather, saying both men do their best to get their audiences to join them in song "Somehow, when you listen to Arlo's music you feel "I belong here,' " said Seeger, whose band will per form with Arlo Guthrie and others in Woody Guthrie's 90th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall in November Bill Vanaver, a singer and songwriter who founded the Vanaver Caravan 27 years ago with his wife Livia Vanaver, agreed, calling Guthrie a "very inclusive ' performer "We try to do the same, to make the audience feel a part of the performance," Vanaver, who arranged "Pastures of Plenty," said Saturday's performance marks the first time "Pas tures of Plenty," will share a bill with Arlo Guthrie But Vanaver said it just seemed natural, especially since Arlo Guthrie's sister, Nora, is a co - producer "We're very excited

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