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Swallow Hill Music announces Denver's first Woody Guthrie Festival

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Monday, June 28, 2010 Swallow Hill Music announces Denver's first Woody Guthrie Festival With art, films, artifacts, and live performances from Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), Sarah Lee Guthrie, Tao Seeger & more WHAT: Woody Guthrie Festival: Weaving the Threads WHEN: Fri & Sat, July 30 & 31. See website for schedule of events. WHERE: (Fri, July 30) Swallow Hill Music: 71 E. Yale Ave, Denver, 80210; (Sat, July 31) L2 Arts & Culture Center: 1477 Columbine (@ Colfax Ave.), Denver, CO 80206 TICKETS: $25-$135. See website for ticket descriptions and details. BOX OFFICE: www.swallowhillmusic.org | 303.777.1003 x2 | 71 East Yale Avenue, Denver, 80210 MEDIA CONTACT: Chip Herter | chip@swallowhillmusic.org | 303.765.2488 PHOTOS: For high-resolution photos, please contact Chip Herter. RSS: http://swallowhillmusic.org/news DENVER — Swallow Hill Music in conjunction with Tattered Cover Book Store, Twist & Shout Records, KUNC 91.5FM, KBDI – Channel 12, The Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Denver Biennial of the Americas is proud to present the Woody Guthrie Festival: Weaving the Threads, a two-day event featuring art, film, poetry, workshops, presentations and live performances. Great music will be the highlight of the Festival’s Friday and Saturday evening program, featuring a Friday night line up of Woody Guthrie's great-granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Pete Seeger's grandson Tao Seeger, and Master of Ceremonies Aaron Keim of the Boulder Acoustic Society. Saturday evening will feature Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), The Atomic Duo (featuring Mark Rubin of Bad Livers), Seth Bernard and Daisy May Erlewine, and Café Nuba featuring Ashara Ekundayo, Jennifer Johns & Erwin Thomas. While many people associate Woody Guthrie with his timeless music, he also led a life filled with the creation of art, writings and letters, political activism, and technology exploration. The Woody Guthrie Festival: Weaving the Threads will explore these many threads of his life and his contributions to American and world culture that surprisingly are still salient today, over 40 years after his death. Festival-goers will enjoy workshops, exhibits, and panel discussions focusing on the life, music, and legacy of Woody Guthrie. Speakers include Jorge Arévalo, the Head Archivist and Curator of the Woody Guthrie Archives, Anna Canoni, Woody Guthrie's granddaughter, and a director of the Woody Guthrie Foundation, as well as Denver- based, Barry Ollman, a Woody Guthrie collector and member of the Advisory Board of The Woody Guthrie Foundation. Additionally, there will be instrumental workshops hosted by some of the performing artists, music classes for both adults & kids, and art and film; film screenings of several documentaries on Woody Guthrie will be shown over the course of the two day festival, there will be an art and artifact exhibit composed of over 30 pieces from the Woody Guthrie Archives, and an interactive art installation created by students at Metro State allowing participants to interact some of Woody Guthrie's most famous lyrics, and make their own recordings. All Woody Guthrie Festival attendees will receive coupons for purchases at Tattered Cover Bookstore and Twist & Shout Records which will have merchandise featuring Woody Guthrie and the performing artists. In addition, Tattered Cover Gives Back members are invited to visit any Tattered Cover location during the Woody Guthrie Festival weekend (Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 1) and, in addition to the usual 1% donation to the nonprofit of your choice, and extra 1% will be donated to Swallow Hill Music. Ticket prices range and include concert-only, single day or weekend passes. Special pricing for kids tickets too. Please visit http://events.swallowhill.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1153 for more details on the festival's schedule, artists, activities, and ticket prices. Thank you for supporting live music in Denver! About Swallow Hill Music Association: Helping people make and enjoy music since 1979, Swallow Hill Music Association celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2009 as one of the largest nonprofit institutions of its kind in the United States as a source for folk, roots and acoustic music. In 2008, Swallow Hill Music served more than 80,000 people through their concert, school and outreach programming. With more than 2,300 members, Swallow Hill provides a place to celebrate music that is rarely heard elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain Region. Three concert venues house more than 200 performances a year, featuring some of the world's great artists as well as up-and-coming new talent. Swallow Hill’s Julie Davis School of Music offers classes for every interest, skill level and member of the family. Each year, a faculty of 60 instructors provides training to more than 4,000 students. A Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Swallow Hill has been named one of the Top 25 Movers & Shakers in Arts & Culture by the Rocky Mountain News, has won both the Mayor's and Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and countless "Best of Denver" awards, has been recognized by the North American Folk Alliance, and is one of the most sought-after venues by folk and roots performers in the country. # # # -- -- David Weingarden Director of Concerts/Talent Buyer Swallow Hill Music 71 East Yale Ave Denver, CO 80210 303-777-1908 Direct 303-919-3031 Mobile 303-871-0527 Fax david@swallowhillmusic.org www.swallowhillmusic.org 2010 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series concerts.botanicgardens.org

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