Arlo Guthrie and the ISO

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July 22-23

Conner Prairie Amphitheatre

I’m happy to report that Arlo Guthrie won’t be performing “Alice’s Restaurant” when he joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Time for Three in concert this weekend.

No, I’ve got nothing against the folk legend’s rambling, unlikely hit song/story; it’s just that the thing takes so dang long that it would get in the way of Guthrie’s doing about five or six other worthy tunes. Beyond the handful of modest hits that might be familiar to non-fans (“City of New Orleans,” “Coming into Los Angeles”), Guthrie is known for bringing his good humor and peaceful spirit to a wide range of songs, including those by Bob Dylan (love Arlo’s take on “Mr. Tambourine Man”) and his father, Woody Guthrie (there won’t be a dry eye on the prairie if he does “1913 Massacre”).

Given the presence of fiddling trio Time for Three, I won’t be surprised if we hear some more obscure Guthrie tunes, such as the instrumental gem “Uncle Jeff.” Details here.

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