Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert with Larry Long, Charlie McGuire, and Pop Wagner
Minnesota State Fair
Sponsored by the Minnesota AFL-CIO

Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m. “STICKING TO THE UNION” WOODY GUTHRIE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION w/ POP WAGNER, LARRY LONG & CHARLIE MAGUIRE
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: MN AFL CIO Labor Pavilion
Visit the website here.

Minneapolis Monarch Festival

10 AM – 4 PM

Lake Nokomis Naturescape Gardens,

Minneapolis, Minnesota

www.monarchfestival.org

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association,Community Celebration of Place and Monarchs in the Classroomare proud to present the 2012 Minneapolis Monarch Festival, on Saturday, September 8, 10 am – 4 pm, at the Nokomis Naturescape.

The fourth annual Festival will feature an exciting stage line up. We start the day with Tejano 2000 and the Mark Stillman Band (“Border Crossings,” or North meets South in dueling bands), The rest of the day will include (not in order of appearance) KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance Group, Larry Long with special guest, Fiddlin’ Pete (American Folk), Javier Trejo and his band (Mexican & American Rock), Peña (Afro/Peruvian), Cyril Paul & the Calypso Monarchs (Calypso, Reggae) and K-Libra 24 (Salsa).

This was a huge project brought together by Hali Hammer.  Like any great idea – she threw the seeds of Woody Guthrie to the wind – and those seeds took root throughout the nation and world at the same, in the same key, and with the same hope of building a better world for generations to come!   What better time to sing this anthem than on Woody Guthie’s Centennial year.  Enjoy and then pass it on!

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The Okfuskee County Historical Society in Woody Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma are considering making the Okemah Waltz, which Larry wrote with children from Okemah in 1986-87 for their first hometown celebration of Woody, their official town song!

Download the chord chart.

Woody Guthrie fans descended on Okemah Friday to listen to folk music and honor the historic icon at the 15th annual Woody Guthrie Festival. The event falls on what would have been Guthrie’s 100th birthday Saturday.

For the full article and video, click here.

If you are in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 1, Sunday, please come to this remarkable cultural gathering in celebration and support of our friends from Tibet. Larry will be performing with the Pavarotti of gospel music, Robert Robinson.

Visit this link for more information.

Time and Place

Friday, May 25th from 5:30pm onward at the home of Gail Daneker and Ian Keith (1791 Dayton Ave., Between Marshall and Selby/Fairview and Wheeler …in St. Paul, Minnesotal)

 

About Save Our Sons

Save our Sons started by Melvin W. Carter Jr. two decades is still at it. SOS continues to touch the lives of young men struggling to avoid inner city traps, snares and pitfalls. SOS spearheads it’s community driven Stop the Bleeding/Start the Breathing-Crime Prevention Initiatives by recruiting and enlisting community partners. Partners include (but in no way are limited to) local elders, neighbors, faith communities, schools, elected officials, other like heartened organizations, law enforcement, corrections and any and everyone with a heart for best outcomes. Over the past two years Save Our Sons has worked to publish the SOS Bulletin Series, 7 workbook lessons from the core teachings of SOS. In our publications and in our all services we work to challenge the notion that gang involvement, drugs and violence are the solution to the problems that young men we meet are born into. When we challenge these notions, they listen. When we support these youth to investigate these questions we launch a more powerful journey within them than the one that calls them to the street. Please join us in this work. In 2010, Melvin received the Natalie S. Bimel Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for Outstanding Contributions to Juvenile Detention Reform by a Community Member for his work advancing social justice for communities of color.

SOS is a tax deductible 501C3 organization.For more information: Gail or Ian at 651-647-5798

Larry will be performing with Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott and Billy Peterson at WoodyFest in Okemah, Oklahoma for Woody Guthrie’s Centennial Celebration, July 11-15, 2012, in Woody’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma.   Other performers include: Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Melanie, Billy Bragg, and more!

Larry organized the the first hometown tribute for Woody Guthrie at the Crystal Theatre in Okemah, Oklahoma, on December 1, 1988. The work that Long did with the Okemah community grew into the annual Woody Guthrie festival, still held every year on Woody’s birthday.

Additional artists include: Radoslav Lorkovic, Nancy Apple, Monica Taylor, Susan Herndon, Damn Quails, Miss Brown to You, Butch Hancock, Red Dirt Rangers, 3 Penny Acre, Samantha Crain, Michael Prysock, Mike Blackwell, Bob Livingston, Bochilders Memorial Set, Bill Chambers, Burns Sisters, Michael Fracasso, Ronny Cox, Ramsay Midwood, Johnsmith, Carolyn Hester, John Fullbright, John McCutcheon, Joel Rafael, Jimmy LaFave, Greg Jacobs, Happenstance, Grant Peeples, Butch Morgan, Lauren Lee & Liberty Road, Mike Stinson, Randy Crouch, Ronny Elliot, Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Don Conoscenti, Sam Baker, Kevin & Dustin Welch, David Amram, Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines, Ellis Paul, and more.

The town of Section is celebrating the essence of its heritage this weekend with a special community program to honor town history and student involvement.

For the past year, students at Section High School have been involved in the project by recording  community history through interviews and video recordings as told by community elders. Students also undertook an in depth photography project on landmarks and people in the community.

Read the full article here.

Section, Section, Section

Words & music by Larry Long with Alex Gage Little, Ivie Jayne Atchley, Harley Carson, Pacey Carson, Travis Gentry, and Sherry Hancock

Living life, making a living
Working hands all through the week
Fellowship on Sundays, word of God
Hear the choir sing
On Eagles wings
(Chorus)

Chorus
Keep Dancing. Keep singing.
Celebrating your life 
Keep Dancing. Keep singing.
Celebrating your life
Section, Section Section
The place where we live
Section, Section, Section
We have so much give

Keep Dancing. Keep singing.
Section, Section, Section
Celebrate your life  

Breaking ground together
Sharing the fruits of the land
Red ripe tomatoes
Growing in the fresh garden sand
Across the land
(Chorus)

With the heart of a lion
Lifting up a prayer
The foundation of our Sand Mountain
Home of homes

We are friends
We are family
We are neighbors in this town
We are strong in our faith
In each other we are found

On Thursday, April 26, the North Community YMCA & Teen Enrichment Center played host to Elders’ Circle 2012, which gathered elders representing various West Metro area school districts and communities.

These elders were honored by Elder’s Wisdom Children’s Song, a program that creates intergenerational relationships and learning opportunities for young people through the experiences of elders. West Metro Education Program (WMEP), a consortium of 11 districts that includes Minneapolis and the surrounding metro area, hired nationally known Smithsonian Folkways recording artist and activist Larry Long, who created Elder’s Wisdom Children’s Song, to produce and present the event in multiple sites around the West Metro area. Over the past six years, the program has honored over 350 elders from various West Metro communities.

Read more here.