Books, Bourbon & Boogie, featuring Arlo Guthrie

Update: Metrotix sales end for Arlo Guthrie at 5:00 pm CST on Monday 11/5. After this time, if trying to purchase tickets, please call the Oxford American directly at 501-374-0000, ext. 201, or check at the Ron Robinson Theater doors for possible availability beginning at 6:00 pm on the night of the event, Wednesday, 11/7.

The nonprofit Oxford American, “A Magazine of the South,” will host its annual fundraising gala, Books, Bourbon & Boogie, featuring Arlo Guthrie on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Guthrie is doing a special 50th anniversary celebration tour of Alice’s Restaurant. Proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing work of the Oxford American.

The pre-concert reception begins at 6:00 PM, and the show starts at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $200 (orchestra) and $150 (balcony) and are available via or by calling (800) 293-5949. A portion of each ticket price is tax-deductible.

Books, Bourbon & Boogie is made possible in part by our events sponsors: Dabbs & Mary Cavin, UAMS, Bill & Sally Rector, University of Central Arkansas, Kay Kelley Arnold, Fassler Hall, J. Mark & Christy Davis, Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge, Lost Forty Brewing, Margaret Ferguson Pope, Ben E. Keith Mid-South Division, Thrive Argenta, and TC Print.

Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo Guthrie is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, and America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years.

In 1965, a teenaged Guthrie performed a “friendly gesture” that proved to be fateful. Arlo was arrested for littering, leading him to be deemed “not moral enough to join the army.” Guthrie attained international attention at age 19 by recounting the true events on the album Alice’s Restaurant in 1967. “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” has become an anti-establishment anthem and an essential part of the Thanksgiving holiday season, still broadcast widely on terrestrial, internet, and satellite radio. Alice’s Restaurant achieved platinum status and was made into a movie in 1969, in which Arlo played himself, by the esteemed director Arthur Penn.

Arlo remains a road warrior, touring almost constantly, alone or with friends and family. Since the first time he performed in public in 1961 at the age of 13, and after almost sixty years of shows, Arlo Guthrie, now in his 70s, has become an American elder—a keeper of the flame.