Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration

By | January 26, 2012

The GRAMMY Museum, Woody Guthrie Publications and The Woody Guthrie Archives Announce Details For Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration In Tulsa, Okla.

John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Rosanne CashDel McCoury Band,The Flaming Lips, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hanson, Tim O’Brien, Jimmy LaFave To Perform At Tulsa’s 
This Land is Your Land ~ The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert

Tickets To Go On Sale Saturday, February 4

LOS ANGELES (January 26, 2012) – The LA-based GRAMMY Museum, in conjunction with Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives, has announced details about their plans to commemorate the life and career of Oklahoma folk music legend Woody Guthrie in Tulsa.  Designed to celebrate Guthrie’s extraordinary body of work and impact on American music, Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebrationwill take place March 5 – 11 and will include an exhibition, educational programming, a conference at The University of Tulsa and a tribute concert, headlined by John Mellencamp and Arlo Guthrie. 

Kicking off the Tulsa celebration is the launch of the new exhibition Woody at One Hundred: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration 1912-2012, sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.  Curated by The GRAMMY Museum and the Woody Guthrie Archives, the exhibit will open at Gilcrease Museum on Feb. 5, 2012 and run through April 29, 2012.  The exhibition will consist of a broad array of Guthrie’s lyrics, journals, original artwork and ephemera from Guthrie’s life. As part of this special exhibit, Guthrie’s original draft of the alternative American anthem, “This Land is Your Land,” will be on display for the first time in Oklahoma.  Additionally, a week-long series of educational programming, produced by The GRAMMY Museum, will support the exhibition. As a special addition to the programming, the cast of the musical “Woody Sez” will be performing at Tulsa elementary schools throughout the week.

“We are delighted that Gilcrease Museum has been selected as the venue for the debut of the exhibition celebrating the life and body of work of Woody Guthrie. The exhibition will offer the public its first glimpse into the Guthrie Archives recently acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation,” said Duane H. King, Ph.D., Executive Director of Gilcrease Museum.

Continuing the celebration on March 8 will be a special performance by the Oklahoma Jazz & Roots Music Symphony Orchestra of Symphonic Variations of a Song by Woody Guthrie, conducted and composed by David Amram. Commissioned by Woody Guthrie Publications and featuring a special introduction by Nora Guthrie, the concert will include additional performances by David Amram with Red Dirt Rangers, and other special guest star appearances by musicians and singers from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.  The concert will take place at Lorton Hall at the University of Tulsa.

Educational Conference
“Different Shades of Red,” the March 10 University of Tulsa conference will explore Woody Guthrie’s Oklahoma roots. It will feature three panels, each with three speakers. The panels include “A Culture of Protest,” which examines the political and cultural environment that shaped Guthrie’s views; “Red Dirt Roots,” which considers Guthrie’s musical influences; and “Echoes of Woody,” which addresses Guthrie’s legacy as it pertains to the Dust Bowl and Depression-era Oklahoma. 

“For far too long, Woody Guthrie has been persona non grata in his home state of Oklahoma. Now, 100 years after his birth, we are able to honor his musical legacy, explore his societal contributions and truly appreciate this iconic piece of state – and national – history right here in the Heartland. The University of Tulsa is thrilled to kick off this yearlong celebration of Guthrie’s multifaceted life,” said Brian Hosmer, H.G. Barnard Associate Professor of Western American History at TU.

For more information and to register for the conference, visitwww.utulsa.edu/guthrie. Registration is $40 and includes lunch.  National radio commentator and bestselling author Jim Hightower will deliver the keynote address. Students may register for $15 and must show a valid ID at check-in.


The pinnacle of the Tulsa celebration will take place on Saturday evening, March 10, with the first installment of This Land Is Your Land ~ The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert at the historic Brady Theater.  Performing classic Guthrie songs, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Rosanne Cash, Del McCoury Band, The Flaming Lips, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hanson, Tim O’Brien and Jimmy LaFave make up the star-studded event.*  Ticket prices range from $45 – $250 and will go on sale Saturday, February 4 at 10 a.m. CST.  Tickets can be purchased at: http://protixonline.com/

“The goal of The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration 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.”

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.

*Lineup subject to change

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 The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is a forward-thinking, private university where dedication, excellence, commitment and integrity are central to our mission. In its vibrant urban environment, The University of Tulsa offers a diversity of learning experiences, a balance between career preparation and liberal education, teaching and research, and endeavors to instill in its students an understanding that stature as an individual and value as a member of society depend upon continual learning. For more information, please visit www.utulsa.edu or call 918-631-2000.

About Gilcrease Museum

Gilcrease Museum, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West, including an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as thousands of historical documents, maps and manuscripts. Gilcrease Museum’s charm, beauty and art collections draw thousands of visitors from around the world to the Osage Hills just northwest of downtown Tulsa for a glimpse into America’s past. The museum is owned by the City of Tulsa, which has partnered with The University of Tulsa to steward the museum.

Visit the museum’s website for hours of operation and admission information:  gilcrease.utulsa.edu, or call 918-596-2700.

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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