Two artists long associated with Thanksgiving will share the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall this Saturday, November 24, when The Weight Band supply opening duties for Arlo Guthrie.
Guthrie’s music has been synonymous with Thanksgiving since 1967 when he released his debut album Alice’s Restaurant and its 18-minute centerpiece “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” which is set during the November holiday. That same year, Guthrie performed at Carnegie Hall with Peter Seeger, a contemporary of his father Woody, kicking off an annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition that continues to this day.
This year, The Weight Band, an outfit comprised of former members of The Band and various Band-related solo projects, will support Guthrie during his traditional run. The Band’s music, of course, has been celebrated during Thanksgiving since 1976, when the Americana architects played their official swansong at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Turkey Day. The current version of The Weight Band features guitarist Jim Weider, drummer Michael Bram, keyboardists Brian Mitchell and Matt Zeiner and bassist Albert Rogers
Guthrie’s Carnegie Hall set usually draws in members of his extended musical family. The Weight Band will also perform at Westhampton Beach, NY’s Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center tomorrow while Guthrie will kick off an international run of dates at Stuart, FL’s The Lyric Theatre on January 14.