Fifty years ago, in 1965, Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a “Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat.” The hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo from military service in 1966 went on to become Alice’s Restaurant, a platinum-selling record in 1967, and a full-length motion picture in 1969. Today it’s as much a part of Thanksgiving tradition as cranberry sauce. For the first time in a decade, folk icon Arlo Guthrie brings The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree in its entirety to the stage.
In 1965, Arlo, the 18-year-old son of legendary musician Woody Guthrie, and his friend were spending Thanksgiving with Alice and Ray Brock at the couple’s home in a former church in the Berkshires. Alice asked the boys to take a load of trash to the town dump. When they arrived, they found that the dump was closed, so they threw the trash down a nearby hillside. Guthrie turned the story of his subsequent arrest, court appearance, and rejection from military service into “Alice’s Restaurant,” a musical monologue lasting over 18 minutes.
ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT is a unique multi-media event, the likes of which Guthrie’s fans have never seen before. Arlo is joined onstage by his son Abe Guthrie on keyboards, longtime friend Terry A La Berry on drums, Darren Todd on bass, and Bobby Sweet on guitar and fiddle. The program is produced and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Brown, whose other films include 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song and The Weavers: Wasn’t That A Time!.
ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT includes these performances:
“The Motorcycle Song”
“Chilling of the Evening”
“St. James Infirmary”
“Coming Into Los Angeles”
“I Hear You Sing Again”
“City of New Orleans”
“Highway In The Wind”