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John Lamb, Published May 07 2014

Weekend Watch: Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie


Arlo Guthrie may sing some of his father’s songs, but he’s not always just following in his footsteps.

Guthrie’s own voice rang true with his 1967 debut, “Alice’s Restaurant.” The album came out the same month that his father, folksinger Woody Guthrie, died at age 55. Just like dad, the son showed a knack for storytelling, opening the disc with the hilariously rambling 18-minute monologue/sing-along, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” The younger singer/songwriter would also pen popular tunes “The Motorcycle Song,” “Coming into Los Angeles.” Arguably his biggest came in 1972 when he recorded Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans.” Now 66, Arlo is still on the road, and comes to the Fargo Theatre on Friday night, singing his own tunes as well as those his influences gave us, “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos),” “Do Re Mi” and, of course, “This Land is Your Land.” Guthrie plays at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. Tickets are $36.50, plus fees at http://jadepresents.com and (866) 300-8300.