Concert Review of Arlo Guthrie's Lost World Tour at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento

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The last time I saw Arlo Guthrie perform live was at a concert with my mother in the early 1990s. He shared the stage with Pete Seeger at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota's campus. His hair is a little shorter now, but still shockingly white, not unusual for a guy who's about to turn 62 this summer.

I was fortunate to snag primo seats, in the middle of the second row, to catch Arlo Guthrie last night live at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento. While my husband snatches up season's tickets to Mondavi, I subscribe to the Crest's email updates. This means that I typically get word of an upcoming show before anybody else and can immediately go online to buy tickets before the rest of the public.

My husband dragged me to the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts last week to see a show that consisted of musicians playing mostly instrumentals while the audience viewed a series of portrait photographs. It was called the Disfarmer Project, named for photographer Mike Disfarmer. The photos were of people who lived in Arkansas during the Depression through World War II. The performance was almost 2 hours long. I can't say I was overly energized and would have considered taking a nap, but with my eyes closed I wouldn't have been able to see the photographs, so I kept my eyes open. But the bottom line is I can spend about an hour looking at somebody else's photo album, and then I begin to lose interest. Imagine if somebody invited you over to their home for dinner and afterward showed you a two-hour long video of just music and photos. I think you'd eventually tire out, too.

But Arlo Guthrie was nothing like the Disfarmer Project. The show was invigorating. He was born July 10, 1947 in Coney Island, New York. Like most people of a certain age, some of us can't exactly remember our age at times. Arlo talked about going to Woodstock in 1967, and said he was 19. I was 15 at the time, and he's 5 years older than me, so he must have been 20. Pot will do that to you. But you know what Robin Williams says: if you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there.

Arlo's Lost World Tour included new music as well as older songs. He credited Leadbelly, Hoyt Axton and Steve Goodman, among other musicians, for the influence each had on his life and performed some of their songs as well. Of course, everybody knows that "City of New Orleans" was written by Steve Goodman, and it's probably the song he's most remembered for except the song, thank goodness, that he didn't sing (Alice's Restaurant).

He brought his son Abe to play keyboards. Directly behind Abe were three unidentified women. I asked my husband if the back-up singers could be Arlo's daughters, but he disagreed. Well, the middle one looked just like Abe, and the one on the left had Abe's hair. I'm going with my belief that they were indeed Arlo's daughters. A web search shows they were probably Cathy, Annie and Sarah Lee.

The rest of the band consisted of a lead guitarist, bass player and drummer.

Most of the audience at the Crest were fans over the age of 60. But when you figure Arlo has enjoyed a 40-some year career, that makes sense. Although I'm almost 57, I felt like I was quite possibly the youngest person there, except for the two little kids whose parents kept them up past their bedtime.

Watching Arlo perform was like being part of the great American folk culture, reliving the last four decades. His dad, Woody Guthrie, far as I'm concerned, is the greatest American folk hero there ever was. I never get tired of singing along to This Land is Your Land. And when the show ended, I was sorry to see Arlo leave the stage.

The Crest Theatre is a fabulous concert venue. Small and intimate so no matter where you sit, you're likely to have a good seat.  It was built as a vaudeville theater in 1912, remodeled in 1946 and restored again to the tune of a million bucks in 1995. Here are a couple photos of the Crest Theatre in Sacramento:

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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Wow. Very cool place to see a show. Sounds like a wonderful evening and I appreciate the intro. I'll have to check for him in iTunes. :-)

Apr 09, 2009 05:13 AM #1
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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That would have been a great show; Woody was an american icon


Apr 09, 2009 07:34 AM #2
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
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Wow! that's a blast from the past. I haven't heard about Arlo Guthrie being in concert...ever! Amazing you attended!

Apr 09, 2009 07:49 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
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Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

sounds like you had a great time. And I love video and photographs, so I could handle it.  In fact I have a friend that travels a lot and everytime I go to her house we have new video adventures Mary and Max have been on.

Apr 09, 2009 07:56 AM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Hi Carolyn: You may be a little young to remember Arlo Guthrie, but hey, he's still recording.

Hi Tom: Woody Guthrie is an American treasure. If you don't have the CD Mermaid Avenue, you should consider adding it to your collection. I think it came out about 10 years ago. It's Billy Bragg and Wilco putting music to recently discovered Woody Guthrie lyrics.

Hi Lizette: Don't you get performers down your way? Surprisingly, I have been to Lexington, Kentucky -- isn't that across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, or am I thinking of a different place?

Hi Tammy: Well, videos of somebody I know -- or videos of people talking or singing -- is totally different than still photograph portraits with instrumental music. LOL. And some of them were shown twice. Double LOL.

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Apr 09, 2009 09:03 AM #5
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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The name is a legend. Because of his theme, his name was allowed in the Soviet Union (I am talking about Woody Guthrie).

Apr 09, 2009 10:14 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - You lucky dog!  You always manage to do the cool things. . .Other than missing Woodstock, I moan over not seeing the Grateful Dead while Jerry Garcia was still alive.  It is good that you get to experience these old icons, while they are still around.

Apr 09, 2009 01:50 PM #7
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Elizabeth, you're off having fun again.  And don't knock our Disfarmer!  He's an Arkansas hero now that he's dead.  You need to read about his life story.  His studio was about 45 miles from Searcy in Heber Springs.  People are looking in their old photo albums to see if they can find Disfarmers which are worth a fortune! 

Apr 09, 2009 02:10 PM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Barbara: I meant to send you an email about this because I thought about you when I read about Heber Springs and Disfarmer before the show. Truly, I did. And it was a fascinating project, he was a great portrait photographer -- captured the sense of humanity on film. It was touching and I really enjoyed it, but it was an HOUR TOO LONG! :)

Jon: I think you mean to say he was banned in Russia right? Well, he certainly was banned in America. Perhaps Russains saw him as the voice of the proletarian working man. But he was definitely an American hero.

Hi Myrl: Hey, you coulda come, too. I did see Jerry Garcia, though, in Orange County. I was standing outside the ticket counter, picking up my tickets -- probably 1985, and laughing to a friend saying, "Hey, can you remember even ONE Grateful Dead song?" And this rush of people behind me started running forward, gushing about the Dead, and that's how I found out there were Dead Heads. Fanatics.

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Apr 09, 2009 02:24 PM #9
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
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Sounds like a great show. Seems like all the artists I remember are getting old glad I'm not.

Apr 09, 2009 02:59 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - Oh yes, Grateful Dead "concerts" were about much more than just the music, it was all about the "experience."

Apr 10, 2009 12:16 AM #11
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