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Arlo heads Green River Festival, honors Woody's 100th birthday

Monday, April 2, 2012 – In honor of the centennial of Woody Guthrie's birth, the 26th annual Green River Festival in western Massachusetts this summer will be headlined by Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family Reunion.

"We are thrilled," said festival organizer Jim Olsen, who also runs Signature Sounds Records. Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday is July 14, the first day of 2-day festival held at Greenfield Community College.

Others slated to play are Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Richard Thompson, Rubblebucket, Rebirth Brass Band, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, Lost Bayou Ramblers with Gordon Gano, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Chris Smither & The Motivators, Winterpills, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Pimps Of Joytime, David Wax Museum, Elizabeth Cook, Pokey Lafarge & South City Three, Brown Bird, CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, JD McPherson, Lake Street Dive, Session Americana & friends, Sweetback Sisters, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Peter Mulvey & The Crumbling Beauties, Casey Driessen, Martin Simpson, Sun Parade and Alchemystics.

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