Saturday, August 9, 2008

Arlo Guthrie Concert - Lock 3

This evening my dad, brother, and I drove to Akron to check out the Arlo Guthrie concert that was taking place at the Lock 3 Amphitheatre. This was our first time here and it is definitely a nice venue if the weather is right. Click Here for a tour of the amphitheatre.

Once we arrived downtown we went over to the Ohio Brewing Company (they share space with Damon's Grill) which is right next to Lock 3 and had a bite to eat. We ordered their large beer pizza which has mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, and green bell peppers on top of a red sauce with a touch of beer. It was delicious! I also tried their Steel Valley Ale which is comparable to Guiness.

After we were done eating we went over to the amphitheatre and set up our chairs. The gates opened at 6:30 but we arrived a little after 7 when the opening act - singer and pianist Vienna Tang - began performing. She had a great voice and seemed pretty talented on the piano as well. Darker clouds were beginning to move in from the northwest and everyone hoped that they would be able to get the entire show in without any problems.

Shortly after Vienna finished performing, Arlo Guthrie took the stage to a loud applause. If you don't know too much about him, click here to read up on his life. Arlo typically sings songs of protest against social injustice and peformed at Woodstock in 1969. His most famous work is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", a talking blues song that lasts for 18 minutes. He has a great voice, much like Bob Dylan, and is an amazing storyteller to listen to also. Tonight he was performing with his son Abe and his grandson Krishna.

Here are a couple pictures and some videos I took of the concert...

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