An intimate evening with Arlo Guthrie, Tony Trischka and other special guests.
This fundraiser for the Woody Guthrie Center will honor American folk legend Pete Seeger, who will be receiving the first-ever Woody Guthrie Prize.
The Woody Guthrie Prize will be given annually to honor an artist, activist, or thinker who has made a significant contribution to causes that continue the legacy of Woody Guthrie.
Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was one of America's greatest folksingers and most influential songwriters. Although born in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie's true home was all of America-"from California to the New York island," to take a line from his most famous song, "This Land Is Your Land." Woody's songs celebrate the beauty and bounty of America and seek the truth about our country and its people. He turned complex ideas about democracy, human rights, and economic equality into simple songs that all Americans could embrace. Woody spoke for those who carried a heavy burden or had come upon hard times. His words gave a voice to their struggle, and his songs gave them hope and strength.
The Woody Guthrie Center opened April 27, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Woody Guthrie Center, home to the Woody Guthrie Archives, preserves his legacy and life story and communicates the social, political, and cultural values found in his vast body of work. The Center is a repository for Woody's writings, art, and songs and an educational resource for teachers and students everywhere. It features state of the art exhibits, an extensive outreach and education program, and a concert series to bring his legacy to Tulsans and those who make the pilgrimage to what is a destination for Woody Guthrie fans worldwide. For more information, visit www.WoodyGuthrieCenter.org. For more information on the life and legacy of Woody Guthrie, please visit www.WoodyGuthrie.org.
Woody Guthrie Center and The GRAMMY Museum Move Forward With Plans To Honor The Late Pete Seeger With The First-Ever Woody Guthrie Prize
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa-based Woody Guthrie Center and the L.A.-based GRAMMY Museum will move forward with their plans to celebrate the late American folk singer Pete Seeger with the first ever Woody Guthrie Prize during an event Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The event and award presentation will serve as a celebration of Seeger's musical legacy, as well as his connection to Guthrie and his work. Seeger was scheduled to accept the award and perform at the event before his passing on Jan. 27.
"The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music," said Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie. "The power of song, as he constantly reminded us, can take us through everything that life, and death, throws at us. On Feb. 22nd, we won't take a moment of silence to remember him. We will take all the moments to sing - as loudly and with as many harmonies as we can muster. If Pete heard we were going to honor him by not singing, he would be furious! If you love Pete, how can you keep from singing!"
"Pete was so happy to be included in this fundraiser for the newly created Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla," Nora Guthrie said. "As the first recipient of the Prize, there can be no better person to set the standard than Pete. He was always available for a worthy cause. As his wife of 70 years Toshi joked, ‘I would have left him years ago, if only it was for another woman. Unfortunately, he was always away for another ‘cause!' It's up to us now, to step in and make sure all the ‘causes' that Pete believed in get our support."
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