Concert pays tribute to Steinbeck, Guthrie

Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:36pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The memories of two American legends -- novelist John Steinbeck and folk songwriter/musician Woody Guthrie -- will be honored September 20 during This Land Is Your Land, a concert at the Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord in Concord, California.

Performers include Sheryl Crow, the Black Keys, Cat Power, Henry Rollins, the Mike Ness Band, Son Volt and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

"There are so many common threads running through Woody's work and career and John Steinbeck's work and career," Live Nation San Francisco chairman Lee Smith said. "This will hopefully be an annual show that celebrates their work and highlights the relevancy of what they did."

The all-day event will feature displays of historical artifacts concerning Steinbeck and Guthrie, including signed novels, private letters, copies of original lyrics sheets and rare photos. Archival video footage will be shown during concert set changes.

Tickets cost $19 to $80.50; a donation of $5 from each sold ticket will be given to the Steinbeck and Guthrie family foundations. Fans are also encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa.

Reuters/Billboard