Featuring live performances from Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), Sarah Lee Guthrie, Tao Seeger & more, plus art, films, workshops and artifacts, all at Denver’s first official Woody Guthrie Festival.
WHAT: Woody Guthrie Festival: Weaving the Threads
WHEN: Fri & Sat, July 30 & 31. See website for schedule of events.
WHERE: (Fri, July 30) Swallow Hill Music: 71 E. Yale Ave, Denver, 80210; (Sat, July 31) L2 Arts & Culture Center: 1477 Columbine (@ Colfax Ave.), Denver, CO 80206
TICKETS: $25-$135. Visit the festival website for ticket descriptions and details.
BOX OFFICE: www.swallowhillmusic.org | 303.777.1003 x2 | 71 East Yale Avenue, Denver, 80210
DENVER — Swallow Hill Music in conjunction with Tattered Cover Book Store, Twist & Shout Records, KUNC 91.5FM, KBDI – Channel 12, The Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Denver Biennial of the Americas is proud to present the Woody Guthrie Festival: Weaving the Threads, a two-day event featuring art, film, poetry, workshops, presentations and live performances.
Great music will be the highlight of the Festival’s Friday and Saturday evening program, featuring a Friday night line up of Woody Guthrie’s great-granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Pete Seeger’s grandson Tao Seeger, and Master of Ceremonies Aaron Keim of the Boulder Acoustic Society. Saturday evening will feature Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), The Atomic Duo (featuring Mark Rubin of Bad Livers), Seth Bernard and Daisy May Erlewine, and Café Nuba featuring Ashara Ekundayo, Jennifer Johns & Erwin Thomas.
While many people associate Woody Guthrie with his timeless music, he also led a life filled with the creation of art, writings and letters, political activism, and technology exploration. The Woody Guthrie Festival: Weaving the Threads will explore these many threads of his life and his contributions to American and world culture that surprisingly are still salient today, over 40 years after his death.
Festival-goers will enjoy workshops, exhibits, and panel discussions focusing on the life, music, and legacy of Woody Guthrie. Speakers include Jorge Arévalo, the Head Archivist and Curator of the Woody Guthrie Archives, Anna Canoni, Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, and a director of the Woody Guthrie Foundation, as well as Denver- based, Barry Ollman, a Woody Guthrie collector and member of the Advisory Board of The Woody Guthrie Foundation.
Additionally, there will be instrumental workshops hosted by some of the performing artists, music classes for both adults & kids, and art and film; film screenings of several documentaries on Woody Guthrie will be shown over the course of the two day festival, there will be an art and artifact exhibit composed of over 30 pieces from the Woody Guthrie Archives, and an interactive art installation created by students at Metro State allowing participants to interact some of Woody Guthrie’s most famous lyrics, and make their own recordings.
All Woody Guthrie Festival attendees will receive coupons for purchases at Tattered Cover Bookstore and Twist & Shout Records which will have merchandise featuring Woody Guthrie and the performing artists. In addition, Tattered Cover Gives Back members are invited to visit any Tattered Cover location during the Woody Guthrie Festival weekend (Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 1) and, in addition to the usual 1% donation to the nonprofit of your choice, and extra 1% will be donated to Swallow Hill Music.
Ticket prices range and include concert-only, single day or weekend passes. Special pricing for kids tickets too. Please visit http://events.swallowhill.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1153 for more details on the festival’s schedule, artists, activities, and ticket prices.
Thank you for supporting live music in Denver!