Happy birthday, Woody Guthrie! Celebrate the folk legend's centennial with a week of events

Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was born a hundred years ago, and a century later, he's left quite a legacy. David Amram, a legend in his own right who met Guthrie in 1956 and was commissioned by the Guthrie family to write a symphony piece based on "This Land Is Your Land," will be in town for a series of musical events and film screenings that pay tribute to Guthrie. "He was way more than just a folk musician," says Amram. "He was a musician and a person for all our folk."

Here are the Guthrie-related events in Denver over the next week:

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David Amram Quartet at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge (Monday, September 17, 7-9 p.m., $18)
Dazzle will be the site of a special show by the David Amram Quartet, which includes Tony Black, Hugh Ragin and Artie Moore. This is a great opportunity to catch Amram in his musical element, performing along with a quartet in the intimate setting of Dazzle.

Woody Guthrie-inspired ukelele lesson at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Wednesday, September 19, 6 p.m., free)
Learn to play like Woody himself! Swallow Hill Music instructors will offer a free group lesson, teaching you how to play Guthrie's famous "This Land Is Your Land" before a screening of the documentary about the singer/songwriter. Bring your own guitar or ukelele (or simply your beautiful voice) and play or sing along to the folk staple.

Roll On Columbia at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Wednesday, September 19, 7 p.m., $10)
This documentary captures the period in 1941 when Woody Guthrie was employed by the Bonneville Power Administration to write a song a day for a month; Guthrie ended up creating 26 songs during that span. David Amram and musician Josh White Jr. will introduce the film.

Location Info


Sie FilmCenter

2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Film

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

930 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

16th Street Mall

1001 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Maruti Gourmet Coffee

12200 E. Cornell Ave., Aurora, CO

Category: Restaurant

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