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.
Blue Door owner Greg Johnson has been organizing a Woody Guthrie tribute every year since 1991.
“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.
On a Night Like This organizer Steve Ripley played with Bob Dylan on the Shot of Love tour in the early ’80s.
Arlo Guthrie will perform “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Thanksgiving arrest.
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.
Woody Guthrie lived in OKC from 1923-1924, but very little has been written about it.