Arlo Guthrie brings his Running Down the Road tour to Cowichan (video)

He’s been around a long time and his story-telling skills have only improved over the years.

“Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans…”

If you recognize that song snippet, you’re dream is coming true in April.

Arlo Guthrie is coming to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre for a concert on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

According to his publicity, “Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947.”

The son of acclaimed singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie, young Arlo’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice’s Restaurant, whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to promote social consciousness and activism.

Guthrie went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of Alice’s Restaurant, directed by Arthur Penn.

Over the decades, Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, enhancing his reputation.

In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six- and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, he is also a natural-born storyteller, so listen for his tales and anecdotes in the show.

Tickets are $65 each. Get them at cowichanpac.ca or call the Cowichan Ticket Centre at 250-748-7529 to reserve.