Folk musician Arlo Guthrie will be crowned
king of the 19th annual Welcome Back to Brooklyn festival set
for Sunday, June 10. The Coney Island-born performer (pictured),
son of American icon Woody Guthrie, found his career taking off
with his performance of the song, "Alice’s Restaurant Massacre"
at the 1967 Newport Folk Festival. (Two years later Guthrie starred
in Arthur Penn’s "Alice’s Restaurant," a film based
on the song.)
Now Guthrie, 54, spends 10 months of the
year on the road. He formed Rising Son Records in 1986, and is
now re-releasing his extensive Warner/Reprise catalog.
This year’s festival will be staged along
the waterfront at Fulton Ferry Landing, site of the planned Brooklyn
Bridge Park. The coronation ceremony will take place at 4 pm
on the Park Stage, located in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.
The fest takes place from 11 am to 6 pm rain or shine. Admission
is free. For more information go to www.brooklynX.org.