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This Land is our land! a centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Event starts at 8:00 p.m. 
Price at the door:  $26.00

Tom Morello; the Nightwatchman

3730 N. Clark street chicago, IL 60613
Click here for location info

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 the Metro 3730 N. Clark Street.

This land is our land is part of the year- long series WPA 2.0, a brand new deal - a festival about art and work organized by portoluz.  

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. 


portoluz presents:

This land is our land, a centennial concert celebration of the legendary Woody Guthrie

Saturday May 19th

Metro 3730 North Clark Street  Chicago, IL  Metro telephone: (773) 549-4140

Doors 7pm

Concert 8pm

Tickets $25-$55

open to ages 18+

Metro web-site and advanced tickets: metrochicago.com

Tickets on sale: March 10,2012 at noon

portoluz website: portoluz.org



  • Holly Near
  • The Klezmatics
  • Toshi Reagon
  • Son del Viento
  • Jon Langford
  • Bucky Halker
  • Kevin Coval
  • Tom Morello; the Nightwatchman
  • plus additional guest artists  


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 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. 



Woody Guthrie, born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma, is widely regarded as America’s greatest folksinger. He wrote over 3,000 songs in his lifetime, including “This Land Is Your Land,” which became America’s unofficial national anthem, and such standards as “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Going Down The Road,” “Hard Travelin',” “Jesus Christ,” “I Ain't Got No Home,” “Deportee,” “Roll On Columbia,” “Vigilante Man,” “Do Re Mi,” “Tom Joad,” “Union Maid,” “1913 Massacre,” “This Train Is Bound For Glory,” “Oklahoma Hills” and “Riding In My Car.”

Read more about Woody Guthrie: http://www.woodyguthrie.org/biography.htm

About the artists:

Tom Morello; the Nightwatchman

Tom Morello; the Nightwatchman

Tom Morello is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman, and his newest group, Street Sweeper Social Club. Tom is also the co-founder (along with Serj Tankian) of the non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice, which airs monthly on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles. He is best known for his unique and creative guitar playing style, which incorporates feedback noises, unconventional picking and tapping as well as heavy use of guitar effects. He was ranked #26 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."[1]

For his third full length album as The Nightwatchman (and the fourteenth album of his illustrious career), guitar superhero Morello switched up his style. Since 2007, he has used the moniker for his alter ego as a solo folk balladeer, delivering uncompromising protest songs in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and the young Bob Dylan. That identity was recently heard on Morello’s Union Town EP, eight songs benefiting the America Votes Labor Unity Fund, recorded in response to the anti-union bill put forward by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

"The genesis for the idea came when I played 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' on stage with Bruce Springsteen," Morello says. "That was the first time I had ever sung with an electric guitar in my hand, and I saw that it could be done effectively." On the 2008 Nightwatchman tour, which followed the release of The Fabled City album, he took out the musicians who now appear on World Wide Rebel Songs (Dave Gibbs on bass, Carl Restivo on guitar and piano, Chris Joyner on keyboard, and Eric Gardner on drums). Over the course of those shows, he says, "I became comfortable melding my worlds as an electric guitarist and a folk troubadour."

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