The Point Welcomes Arlo Guthrie and Peter Yarrow
Saturday, June 08 at 7:30pm
Barre Opera House | Barre, VT
Arlo Guthrie's career exploded in 1967 with the release of "Alice's Restaurant", whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of "Alice's Restaurant", directed by Arthur Penn. With songs like "Alice's Restaurant", too long for radio airplay; "Coming into Los Angeles", banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans", Guthrie was no One-Hit-Wonder. An artist of international stature, he has never had a 'hit' in the usual sense. Arlo recorded "Victor Jara" on his album Amigo, which is featured in the feature film documentary, The Resurrection of Victor Jara. He has usually preferred to walk to his own beat rather than march in step to the drum of popular culture. Over the last five decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances.
Peter Yarrow was one-third of the eminent folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, who toured together for nearly 10 years before breaking up in 1970 to pursue individual careers. He earned an Emmy Award for the television special that was based on his hit song, Puff The Magic Dragon, which he co-produced along with two sequels. His commitment to political and social causes is largely inextricable from his music career. He has organized, produced and performed at political and charitable events since the 1960s, including the 1969 March on Washington, D.C. and the National Mobilization Committee to End the War. In 2000, Yarrow founded Operation Respect, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce school violence by teaching children tolerance and respect for diversity. The organization developed the "Don't Laugh at Me" program, which uses music and video to teach conflict resolution to elementary and middle school students, and is distributed at no cost to schools.