Arlo Guthrie

Alice's Restaurant Tour

  • Mar 18 , 2020
  • ticket prices start at $32
  • UMSL Student and Employee discounts available for this performance. Please visit the Touhill Ticket Office with UMSL ID after the single ticket on-sale date for more information and to purchase discounted tickets. 


    Special group pricing available for groups of 15 or more. Please contact the ticket office directly at 314-516-4949 for more information. 

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Back by popular demand, the Touhill welcomes Arlo Guthrie for a special performance commemorating the Thanksgiving story detailed in his legendary song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” In this performance, the storyteller will share new perspectives and tales surrounding his career and his legendary protest song, including never-before-experienced instrumental additions and video components.

The infamous 18-minute song is a satirical protest against the war and other authoritative figures on society.  Using his friend Alice’s restaurant as the jumping off point, Guthrie weaves the true story of how a Thanksgiving Day arrest for littering, and a healthy distrust of abuses of power, led to his rejection by the Vietnam draft board. His sardonic tone sets the stage for a critical look at society that Guthrie has continued to perform for decades after its release as its message continues to evolve with modern society.

Like his father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo was well known for singing songs of protest against social injustice, with vivid storytelling using highly detailed scenes to make the characters come alive. He also followed in his father’s footsteps, as all four of his children have undertaken careers as musicians, as well.

After his 2013 performance at the Touhill for the 50th anniversary of the movie adaptation of “Alice’s Restaurant,” we have heard from many people who wanted an encore of his poignant performance. In response, Guthrie returns to explain the true story behind the song, its evolution over the years and its effect on audiences and society in general. His accompaniment will include several family members with a new instrumental arrangement, evolving much in the same way that the story of “Alice’s Restaurant” has over so many decades. A meet and greet before and after the show will be available to university VIPs, friends and event sponsors.

Friends members get access to special experiences for events within the Discover series, this can include special giveaways, drink tickets, artist meet and greets and backstage tours.  Please call the ticket office at 314-516-4949 for more details. 

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  • Arlo Guthrie
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM Add to cal
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