This Land is Your Land: A Celebration of 80 Years
We mark the 80th anniversary of Woody writing the classic anthem with a New York City concert.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of when Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” was written, the Woody Guthrie Center will host a concert on Feb. 23 at The Town Hall in New York City, around the corner from where Guthrie first wrote the song on Feb. 23, 1940.
The program will feature performances by Oklahoma native John Fullbright, Gangstagrass, Jeff Tweedy and a few special guests. Tickets start at $50 plus fees and go on sale Dec. 16, available at thetownhall.org.
The event will be a celebration of music, presented by musicians who follow in Guthrie’s footsteps, using their art to inform and inspire. Tweedy worked with Guthrie’s unpublished lyrics to assemble the Mermaid Avenue series of albums with his band Wilco and songwriter Billy Bragg; Grammy-nominated songwriter Fullbright grew up not far from Woody’s own hometown of Okemah, Okla.; while Gangstagrass highlights a new wave of music fusion that tells stories of struggle and justice.
Proceeds from the concert will help the Woody Guthrie Center continue its mission of sharing Guthrie’s message of diversity, equality, and social justice, providing tours of the museum, outreach programs, admission to the museum, and music workshops at no cost to students. Through the support of our members and friends, thousands of students experience Guthrie’s music and message each year for free.