On Feb. 27, Fowler projected an image of folk legend Woody Guthrie on a large tarp covering renovations to the north end of the Oklahoma state Capitol.
The festival launched a $60,000 GoFundMe campaign in January.
Guthrie was commissioned to write 26 songs in the 1940s for a documentary about Columbia River dams in the Pacific Northwest.
“Today is a Dust Bowl of a different sort,” Chuck D said. “You have a political climate that’s akin to a Dust Bowl, and it’s swirling in the minds of confused Americans.”
Other performers at WoodyFest include Annie Oakley, Beau Jennings, The Turnpike Troubadours, John Calvin Abney, Red Dirt Rangers, Ellis Paul and John Fullbright.
A songwriter for The Turnpike Troubadours raises money for the Woody Guthrie Coalition 8 p.m. Friday in Okemah.
Held in Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, the event, also known as WoodyFest, hosts artists from across the nation and fans from around the world.
6 Things You Might Not Know About Woody Guthrie 1. He hated the song “God Bless America,” so he penned “This Land Is Your Land” in response.2. His hobbies included “allegedly rampant heterosexuality and … out-of-control womanizing,” per the book A Queer World.3. According to Billboard, he wrote more lyrics than actual music, as many…
Nora Guthrie believes the spirit of her father, Woody Guthrie, sometimes lets his presence be known. Her proof is in the multiple times electricity has failed or lights have flickered when she’s attending events honoring him. A few years ago, she attended a Bruce Springsteen show in Germany. Just as The Boss was set to…
On May 25, 1911, the lynching of a black woman and her teenage son six miles west of Woody Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah nearly erupted a race war with the neighboring all-black town of Boley. Tension escalated in Okfuskee County when George Loney, Okemah’s Caucasian deputy sheriff, was investigating stolen livestock and visited the black…