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Annual Woody Guthrie Festival this Saturday

OKEMAH — A performance by Arlo Guthrie will close-out the 17th-annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival on Saturday, July 12.

The son of the Okemah-born folk singer, who last appeared at WoodyFest in 2012 for the centennial birthday celebration, has been winding down his 2014 schedule in preparation for the”Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour” which begins next January.

Festival headliner for Friday, July 11, will be Ellis Paul and WoodyFest’s Godfather, Jimmy LaFave, is to headline Thursday’s show. LaFave also will be performing at the Pete Seeger Sing-A-Long, which opens this year’s festival on Wednesday night at Okemah’s Crystal Theater.

Other artists scheduled to perform include: John Fullbright, Annie Guthrie, Joel Rafael, Tim Easton, Don Conoscenti, David Amram, Ronny Elliott, Ramsay Midwood and Rebecca Loebe.

Also performing will be The Red Dirt Rangers, Ronny Cox, John Wort Hannam, Larry Long, Wink Burcham, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Michael Fracasso, Paul Benjamin and Folk Uke. Plus, Radoslav Lorkovic, Audrey Auld, Monica Taylor, Susan Hernden, SONiA and Disappear Fear, Nancy Apple, Mike Stinson, Trout Fishing in America, Grant Peeples, Amy Speace, Lance Canales and Butch Hancock.

In addition, there will be several non-musical events including presentations by Dr. Will Kaufman, Rev. Stephen Edington, the Woody Guthrie Poets, and more. See www.woodyguthrie.com or www.facebook.com/woodyfest for more details.

General admission tickets are $20 for the 8 p.m. Sing-A-Long, which represents the only ticketed event at this year’s festival.

Founded in 1998 by the Woody Guthrie Coalition and supported by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the four-day family festival celebrates the life and musical legacy of one of America’s greatest folk music songwriters and troubadours.

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