Troy, New York – The brand new ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT will premiere on WMHT-TV (PBS) this Thursday night at 8pm. Recorded with members of the regional community filling the audience, the Arlo Guthrie concert was recorded at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA and will air on PBS affiliates across the United States.
Fifty years ago, Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a “Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat.” The hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo from military service in 1966 went on to become Alice’s Restaurant, a platinum-selling record in 1967, and a full-length motion picture in 1969. Today it’s as much a part of Thanksgiving tradition as cranberry sauce. For the first time in a decade, folk icon Arlo Guthrie brings The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree in its entirety to the stage.
On the 50th anniversary of Arlo’s arrest for littering, Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie premieres on WMHT-TV on Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015 at 8 p.m.
In 1965, Arlo, the 20-year-old son of legendary musician Woody Guthrie, and his friend Richard Robbins were spending Thanksgiving with Alice and Ray Brock at the couple’s home in a former church in the Berkshires. Alice asked the boys to take a load of trash to the town dump. When they arrived, they found that the dump was closed, so they threw the trash down a nearby hillside. Guthrie turned the story of his subsequent arrest, court appearance, and rejection from military service into “Alice’s Restaurant,” a musical monologue lasting more than 18 minutes.
Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie is a unique multi-media event, the likes of which Guthrie’s fans have never seen before. Taped at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, Arlo is joined onstage by 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. The program is produced and directed by four-time Emmy Award-winner Jim Brown, whose other films include 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song and The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time!.
WMHT will offer local viewers an Exclusive WMHT Interview with Arlo Guthrie preceding the concert at 7:30pm. The interview was taped in the balcony of the church where the events that inspired Alice’s Restaurant took place.
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