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Saturday Sept. 29th, The Seattle Folklore Society Presents:
Joel Rafael and The Wanderers Live
Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Joel Rafael and The Wanderers Celebrate Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday

SFS is pleased to present a very special celebration and tribute to the life of one of the most influential people in the world of Folk Music...Woody Guthrie. Join Northwest duo "The Wanderers" and recording artist-Guthrie expert Joel Rafael as they raise the roof in Seattle to celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. This show will have plenty of Guthrie history and singing! Songs from the obscure to the internationally renowned. Imagine, a whole night of Woody Guthrie!

The WanderersAside from being a folk music duo who have been performing for 53 years, "The Wanderers" have become the Pacific Northwest's experts on Woody Guthrie, his life, and his music. Bill Murlin (late of the Bonneville Power Administration and editor of The Columbia River Collection) and Carl Allen (10 years as an Inquiring Mind speaker for Humanities Washington and a Guthrie scholar) will begin the evening with their special tribute program that includes narrations of Woody's life, many quotes from his sayings and writings and many of his famous songs from youth through dust bowl through California, the Pacific Northwest, New York, World War II, kids songs, etc.

Joel Rafael Live in SeattleThe second half of the evening will feature singer/songwriter Joel Rafael. On six original albums, Rafael has chronicled his life and the world around him with songwriting rooted in folk tradition. On two other albums, Woodeye and Woodyboye, Rafael honors the songs of Woody Guthrie. Featuring five previously unpublished Guthrie lyrics for which Rafael composed music, they were reissued in 2009 as a two-CD set, The Songs of Woody Guthrie, Volumes 1 and 2, on Inside Recordings. Two of Rafael's co-writes with Woody Guthrie appear in Every 100 Years - The Woody Guthrie Songbook, published this year by the Woody Guthrie Archives.

The evening will end with both acts and all concert attendees singing a few Woody Guthrie songs together, in a spirit of true community!

LOCATION: Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM
6532 Phinney Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103. (If using GPS, this address works better: 449 N 67th St, Seattle, WA 98103.) MAP
Concerts are held in the Community Hall (brick building). Free parking in the lower parking lot at the Center. Enter the lot on N 67th, between Phinney and Dayton Ave. Phinney Center has disability parking outside the door on the Dayton Street side of the building and flat access into the hall from Dayton. Parking on Dayton Ave is available for disabled and musician load/unload only.

TICKETS: General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

DETAILS: The concert will begin at 7:30 PM and admission is $16, $14 for SFS and PNA members, and seniors. Please make reservations by telephone, 206-528-8523 or on the SFS website:

Reserve online, or by calling 206/528-8523.

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