Willie Nelson and Richard Pryor Get on Board With Arlo Guthrie & Friends: Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans (Bringing Back the Music - Benefiting Victims of Katrina)

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Richard and Jennifer Pryor are making a contribution for the Katrina benefit concert at The Vic, December 5, in Chicago. Willie Nelson with his harmonica-playing sidekick Mickey Rafael will perform later down the line with Arlo & Friends at Tipitina's on Saturday, December 17 in New Orleans.

Richard and Jennifer Pryor are making a substantial contribution for the Bon Voyage concert at The Vic, December 5, in Chicago. They wanted "to do something for the tour in Illinois," Richard Pryor's home state. The Pryors were the first to respond to Arlo's appeal and the Guthrie Foundation thanks them for their support and immediate concern. (RichardPryor.com)

Willie Nelson with his harmonica-playing sidekick Mickey Rafael will perform with Arlo & Friends at Tipitina's on Saturday, December 17 in New Orleans. Arlo and Willie share the honor of recording the definitive versions of Steve Goodman's song "City of New Orleans." (WillieNelson.com)

Arlo Guthrie & Friends will travel the Amtrak City of New Orleans train for twelve days in December, performing along the way to benefit the small venues in the train’s namesake city that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Arlo was the first to record “City of New Orleans” and make it a national hit.

Arlo & Friends will start at The Vic Theatre in Chicago on Dec. 5 and arrive in New Orleans to perform at Tipitina’s on Dec. 17th. Arlo, his son Abe with his band, Xavier, and daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, will hold seven concerts along the route. Some of Arlo’s friends will step aboard along the way, including Guy Davis, The Waco Brothers, Ramsay Midwood, Kevn Kinney with Drivin' n' Cryin', The Burns Sisters, John Flynn, and Gordon Titcomb, riding on this “southbound odyssey.”

Tour Route

Mon. Dec. 5     The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, Ill. 7 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 7    Lincoln Cultural Center, 240 S. Warren Ave., Kankakee, Ill. 7 p.m.

Sat.    Dec. 10    Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana/Champaign, Ill. 4 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 11    Keller Convention Center., 1202 N. Keller Dr., Effingham, Ill. 4 p.m.

Mon. Dec. 12    Copper Dragon, 700 E. Grand Ave., Carbondale, Ill. 7 p.m.

Tues. Dec. 13    The New Daisy, 330 Beale St., Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m.

Sat.    Dec. 17    Tipitina’s, 501 Napolean Ave. New Orleans, La. 8 p.m.

Additional guest artists for benefit shows along the route will be announced soon. Purchase concert tickets through GuthrieFoundation.com.

Focusing on small clubs and venues, Arlo and friends will work with manufacturers and arrange to bring donations to New Orleans. They will help to facilitate the restoration of the musical infrastructure in New Orleans and the surrounding area. MusiCares, The Recording Academy’s safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, will help distribute “the gear,” along with Tipitina’s Foundation.

For more information and to see how you can help, visit GuthrieFoundation.com.

On-line financial donations can be made through the Guthrie Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3, at GuthrieFoundation.com. Checks can be sent to: The Guthrie Foundation, 10741 US Highway 1, Sebastian, Fla. 32958. Please put in the “Train 2 NO” in the memo line of the check. For more information call Rising Son Records, 772-589-1774 or email train2NO@risingson.com.

ARLO GUTHRIE & FRIENDS: RIDIN’ ON THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS (Bringing Back the Music - Benefiting Victims of Katrina) in partnerships with Amtrak, Gibson Guitar, MusiCares, Tipitina’s Foundation, Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment, a variety of music related companies, and you will help keep this American cultural treasure alive.

About Guthrie Foundation

The Guthrie Foundation, a not-for-profit educational foundation, is housed in the Old Trinity Church, Great Barrington, Mass. The foundation was formed by Arlo to help provide local cultures with the means to preserve traditional music, stories, medicine, dance and spiritual practices in the face of an ever-encroaching globalization. For information visit GuthrieFoundation.com.

About Amtrak

Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 22,000-mile route system. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com.

About MusiCares

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For information visit Grammy.com/MusiCares.

About Gibson

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson’s digital guitar represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Mich., and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton and Wurlitzer. For information visit Gibson.com or Gibson.com/press.

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