The Woody Guthrie Festival is pretty much the greatest thing ever. I’ve gone twice — in 2008 and 2012 — and would have gone again last summer if I’d had vacation time and gas money at that point. Joel Rafael plays there every year. So do Jimmy LaFave, Don Conoscenti and the Red Dirt Rangers. Trout Fishing in America showed up last year. Tom Paxton was there in ’98, Pete Seeger in 2000 and 2003, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in 2003, Steve Earle in 2004, and Judy Collins in 2008 and 2012.
According to the website, the festival — which is free except for the $10 parking pass — is still in the hole from last year, and they need about another $2,500 to get this year’s show off the ground. I sent ’em the price of a couple of Judy Collins tickets tonight. I figured I owed ’em at least that much.
If you’ve got a buck or two lying around, consider sending it to the folks in Okemah. They’re doing a great thing out there, keeping people aware of Woody Guthrie’s influence and giving folkies a place to feed their hippie souls every summer, and they could use some support to keep the party going.