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Tom Morello, Toshi Reagan, Jon Langford & more to celebrate the life of Woody Guthrie @ Metro

Tom Morello @ Newport Folk Festival in 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
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The non-profit arts organization portoluz has produced a once-in- a- lifetime concert honoring the legendary American Folk hero Woody Guthrie.

On Saturday May 19, 2012 portoluz will present: This land is our land, a centennial concert celebration of the legendary Woody Guthrie at Metro (3730 N. Clark Street).

Featured on this extraordinary program are a roster of nationally renowned and stylistically diverse artists who will pay homage to the godfather of folk music in this three-hour songfest.

The artists will perform their own material and selections from the Guthrie cannon and perform as their individual ensembles as well as in combinations unique to this concert. portoluz organized this event to take place during the planned G8/NATO summit [which has been moved to Camp David, though dignitaries are still meeting in Chicago] in order to celebrate the joyful expression of protest as voiced through the power of participatory culture. Like many enduring heroes of the twentieth century, Woody Guthrie is emblematic of our country’s coming of age. A hobo, a union organizer, a friend of the down and out, Guthrie wrote and sang the stories of the 99%. “This Land is Your Land,” is one of this country’s national anthems- expressing not only the beauty and glory of America’s abundant natural wonders but asserting our right to be its stewards and ramblers.

Tom Morello, The Klezmatics, Holly Near, Toshi Reagan, Son del Viento, Jon Langford, Bucky Halker, Kevin Coval, The B.S. Brass Band and Special Guests (TBA) will all perform at the Wrigleyville venue. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (March 10), at noon CST. There are also VIP tickets available for purchase.

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