The Grand Ole Echo, Walter Spencer & Stories Books and Cafepresent:
Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration
Triple Chicken Foot, Rod Melancon, Son Ark
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
Watch & Listen
Woody Guthrie Centennial
Did you know folk icon Woody Guthrie lived in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Echo Park, Downtown, and Topanga Canyon? Guthrie lived and spent time in Echo Park during 1939 -1941. Through his friendship with Echo Park (“Red Hill”) resident and fellow radio programmer Ed Robbin, Guthrie met novelists Theodore Dreiser, and John Steinbeck, actor Will Geer and a number of other leftist intellectuals, activist and artists. In his rented house on Preston Street, Guthrie started to write his semi-autobiographical book, Bound for Glory. He also began to write some of the countless children’s songs that have captured the imagination of generations of young people. We are going to celebrate the legacy of this wonderful man through a variety of events including music, stories, books and a traveling Woody Guthrie museum.
On July 15th, Walter Spencer, Liz Garo & The Grand Ole Echo will help Echo Park celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday with a tribute to be held in the Echoplex parking lot. The festivities will start at 4pm and end at 9pm. Cactus Tree Vintage will be setting up shop along with the traveling museum and some food trucks! A commemorative LIMITED EDITION CACTUS TREE VINTAGE T-SHIRT (for men & women) will be available along with Cactus Tree Vintage summer 2012 collection of glamorously bohemian clothing. cactustreevintage.com/ Come shop, dance & listen to LA's finest musicians as they pay tribute to the Guthrie songbook!
Artists include: Walter Spencer & friends/Stephen David Austin/Paul Inman/Susan James/David Elsenbroich/Cliff Wagner/Ben Reddell/Eric 'Cashew' Harding/James Slay/Alias Means/Bliss Bowen/Crosby Tyler/Bob Ricketts & Tex Troester/RT Nthe Fortyfours and more!
Inside the Echoplex at 5:30 you can catch The Grand Ole Echo with original music by: Son Ark, Rod Melancon, and Triple Chicken Foot!
The show is free and all ages and located at 1154 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026
Triple Chicken Foot
Triple Chicken Foot is a Los Angeles based Old Time stringband. Having played together for more than five years, The Foot has honed their chops and focused in on playing Old Time music rooted in tradition. Spending time with veteran players around Los Angeles and the country, they have soaked up knowledge and techniques handed down through the years. The Foot finds their voice through their repertoire of tunes and songs, be it gospel songs, archaic banjo tunes, or crooked fiddle tunes. Most recently they have become a powerful new dance band on the Square Dance & Contra scene by teaming up with caller Cory Marie Podielski, who has been learning square dance calling from Susan Michaels, as well as joining forces with fiddler, Joe Wack and banjo player, Steve Lewis as the Brownbaggers. They have also recently finished recording their second full length CD titled Tar Rivers.
son ark arrived in Los Angeles by way of Roanoke Virginia (which lays exactly between The Grand Ole Opry and Apollo Theatre) when they heard a rumor that Sam Philips was rebuilding Muscle Shoals on the west coast. Since then, son ark has been filling establishments across Los Angeles with their unmistakably unique brand of Americana roots rock and with lyrics that tell tales of bygone eras and heartbreaking love lost, son ark longingly reminds us of days gone by. The songs are not antiques, though. Influenced by the likes of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Patsy Cline, Andrew Bird, and Led Zeppelin, son ark tells their tales in a decidedly contemporary way.
This July would have been Wood Guthrie's 100th birthday!
The Grand Ole Echo, Walter Spencer & Stories Books & Cafe present: A WOODY WEEKEND celebrating the music & ideas of Woody Guthrie with events at:
EL CENTRO DEL PUEBLO * THE ECHOPLEX * STORIES BOOKS & CAFE*ORIGAMI VINYL
Wed, June 19
Thu, June 20
Sun, June 23
Mon, June 24
Wed, June 26
Wed, July 3
Fri, July 5
Sat, July 6
Mon, July 8
Tue, July 9