Woody Guthrie’s American Song in Sonora

Woody Guthrie’s American Song opens this month at Stage 3, 208 S. Green St, Sonora. The play has the foot-stompin’, roof-raisin’, toe-tappin’ heart-breakin’, soul-soarin’ musical journey of Woody Guthrie down highways, rail lines and back roads straight into the heart of America.

This exuberant musical celebration tells the life of the rambling folk singer through his words & music. From the dust storms of Texas to the promised land of California to the streets of New York City, Guthrie spins the tale of the land that ‘was made for you and me’.

This Land is your Land, Bound for Glory, and Hard Travelin’ are a few of the more than 2 dozen songs performed by 10 of our region’s finest actors, singers, and musicians. This evening of homespun wisdom, gentle humor, and majestic music will have you leaving the theater not only with a song in your heart, but also refreshed and invigorated with Guthrie’s own sense of tolerance and optimism.

The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, February – March 23; show times and ticket prices vary by date. For information or tickets, call 209-526-1778, Email [email protected], or visit www.stage3.org.

Other Sacramento Area Bluegrass Events

Spillit Quikkers: February 2, 1100 AM – 100 PM, Hoppy Brewing Co, 6300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, 916-451-4677.

No cover; come for brunch.

Mountain Laurel: February 6 & 20, 730 – 900 PM, Latitudes Restaurant, 130 Maple St, Auburn, 530-885-9535. No cover;

come for dinner.

Jim Nunally & Keith Little: February 7, 700 -1000 PM, First St Cafe, 440 First St, Benicia, 707-745-1400. No cover.

Mandolin Avenue: February 7, 700 PM, Cafe Refugio, 1901 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, 916-565-3773. No cover.

David Grier: February 8, 700 PM, house concert, 2885 Solari Dr, Reno, 775-348-4692, $20 adv / $25 door. Five-time IBMA

Guitar player of the year; also available for private lessons.

Mandolin Avenue: February 9, 800 PM, Club Car Bar & Restaurant, 836 Lincoln Ave, Auburn, 530-887-9732. No cover.

Poetic Justis: February 21, 800 PM, Fox & Goose Pub, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8825. No cover.

Mossy Creek: February 24, time TBA, Almond Festival, Esparto, 700 AM – 400 PM, 530-787-3242.

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile: February 25, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, 1075 East 20th St, Chico, 530-345-2739, $25.


February 1-9: SAN FRANCISCO BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME FESTIVAL, multiple venues, www.sfbluegrass.org.

February 15-17: BLUEGRASS ON BROADWAY, Redwood City, 650-596-9332, www.ncbs.us. Free!

February 21-24: WINTERGRASS, Tacoma, WA, 253-428-8056, www.acousticsound.org.

February 29-March 2: BLUEGRASS ON THE RIVER, Parker, AZ, 209-785-4693, www.landspromotions.com/parkerhome.htm

Thanks to John Hettinger, California Bluegrass Association, for these Sacramento Area Activities

Alan Gray
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