Prescott Park presents Arlo Guthrie

Singer of "Alice's Restaurant" to Appear in Prescott Park


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - As part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival 37th season, American folk legend Arlo Guthrie will perform in Prescott Park as part of the River House Concert Series on Friday, August 26th at 7pm.


The son of beloved singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie grew up surrounded by many of the musical giants that shaped the era of the "Folk Boom", such as Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Ronnie Gilbert, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot. Guthrie's own career exploded in 1967 with the premier of his album "Alice's Restaurant" at the Newport Folk Festival. The title track of the album was a satirical talking blues song, lasting over 18 minutes in length, and the song helped foster a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism.


Over the last four decades, Guthrie has toured extensively throughout the world. An artist of international stature, Guthrie has never had a 'hit' in the traditional sense, but has nevertheless won a wide, popular following. Guthrie is a natural-born storyteller, weaving tales and anecdotes into his performances, while simultaneously showcasing his accomplished playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitars, harmonica and a dozen other instruments. In addition to his thriving performing career, Guthrie also launched his own record label, Rising Son Records, in 1983.


"This show is our last of the 2011 Season in our River House Concert Series, and it's going to be the perfect way to close out the concert series for this year," says Ben Anderson, executive director of Prescott Park Arts Festival. "Guthrie is this brilliant and celebrated musician who's helped to shape folk music. We're all elated to bring him to the park."


Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series has experienced record attendance this summer, featuring a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. The concert series has featured acts like Shawn Colvin, Taj Mahal Trio, Greg Brown, and the Wailin' Jennys so far this year, and will welcome Jonathan Edwards and Hot Club of Cowtown later this month.


The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 37th season that also features the musical The Wizard of Oz, running every Thursday through Sunday until August 21, 2011.

All events offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented free of charge with a suggested donation of $5 - $8 dollars.
Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.
For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.