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Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour

The Guthrie family plays the Pantages

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It has to be rough to be the sibling of a legend, and may very well be a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, musicians such as Sean Lennon, Jakob Dylan and Jason Bonham might have found it easy to get a recording contract, but the ever-looming comparisons with their legendary father’s overshadowed their talents. 

Woody Guthrie is undeniably the most revered songwriter to ever strike a chord. Following his death in 1967, his son, Arlo, emerged as an anti-establishment songwriter and performer. He was a key component in the ‘60s folk protest scene as he penned socially conscious songs about his personal political leanings with humor and candor, and in doing so, he established himself as an artist; not just Woody’s son. It has been 40 years since Arlo’s seminal recording, “Alice’s Restaurant,” and the legendary performer is now paying homage to his father’s musical legacy alongside his children: son Abe and his daughter’s duo, Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, for what he has dubbed Arlo Guthrie & the Guthrie Family Legacy Tour. The tour will honor Woody as well as explore new territories of the Guthrie’s ever-evolving music. — Tony Engelhart

[Pantages Theater, Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., $30-$45, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.591.5890]

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