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Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert With Arlo Guthrie

Joining Arlo Guthrie on stage are his son Abe Guthrie on keyboards, longtime friend Terry A La Berry on drums, Darren Todd on bass and Bobby Sweet on guitar and fiddle.
Courtesy of Ron Elkman
Joining Arlo Guthrie on stage are his son Abe Guthrie on keyboards, longtime friend Terry A La Berry on drums, Darren Todd on bass and Bobby Sweet on guitar and fiddle.

Airs Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Give $20 /mo or $240 during our TV Membership Campaign (begins Nov. 28, 2015) and receive the Arlo Guthrie Combo including the “Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert” DVD or Blu-ray; the CD; Book/2-CD set of “Arlo Guthrie: The First 50 Years (Exceptin' Alice).” This gift also includes enrollment in the myKPBS Savers Club plus additional online access to more than 130,000 merchant offers and printable coupons, as well as a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). The DVD or Blu-ray only is available at the $84 level, and  another combo package featuring the DVD or Blu-ray plus CD only is at $144.
Courtesy of Arlo Guthrie
Give $20 /mo or $240 during our TV Membership Campaign (begins Nov. 28, 2015) and receive the Arlo Guthrie Combo including the “Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert” DVD or Blu-ray; the CD; Book/2-CD set of “Arlo Guthrie: The First 50 Years (Exceptin' Alice).” This gift also includes enrollment in the myKPBS Savers Club plus additional online access to more than 130,000 merchant offers and printable coupons, as well as a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). The DVD or Blu-ray only is available at the $84 level, and another combo package featuring the DVD or Blu-ray plus CD only is at $144.

It was 50 years ago, in 1965, when Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a Thanksgiving dinner that "couldn't be beat." It started a chain of events including Arlo's arrest for littering, court appearance, and rejection from military service depicted in his hilarious and iconic song, "Alice's Restaurant."

The song (an 18 minute musical monologue) went platinum, spawned a full length motion picture, and became an American tradition ubiquitously played on hundreds of radio stations at Thanksgiving. In "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert," Arlo deftly performs the song for the first time in over a decade and receives a standing ovation from his delighted fans.

He also plays other material from the early part of his career, his hits and two new arrangements of previously unreleased lyrics by his father, the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. It's a heartfelt evening that examines Arlo's life through his music, which is interlaced with remarkable and often humorous stories.

Arlo Guthrie is on Facebook.

Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert Preview