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Although it has gone through a variety of incarnations over the centuries, protest music is alive and important as ever today. Arlo Guthrie, who performs at the Levoy Theatre on Wednesday, May 9, has been one of the pre-eminent anti-establishment voices over the past 50 years.

Arlo Guthrie’s father, Woody Guthrie, pioneered the American folk-music protest singing style—captured on his groundbreaking 1940 album Dust Bowl Ballads—that was later emulated by Bob Dylan, sparking a folk music revival in the 1960s. Along with players such as the late Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, Huddie Ledbetter (“Leadbelly”), and, later, Dylan, Woody Guthrie is one of the most important and influential artists in American folk music and his

In 1967, the year Woody Guthrie died (after suffering for years from Huntington’s disease) one of his eight children, Arlo, who was 20 at the time, released his debut album. Including the epic anti-establishment song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” the album, Alice’s Restaurant, has since become a classic, and the folk-music troubadour, now 70, has been carrying his father’s torch—on the road—ever since. (Actually, Arlo Guthrie, who was born in Brooklyn, had been playing around the East Coast for years before he recorded his first album.)

Even if you’ve never heard the 18-minute song, you’ll want to head down to the Levoy on Wednesday because Arlo is bringing his own children—Sarah Lee Guthrie and Abe Guthrie—and they’ll be playing and sharing songs together. On what is being called the Re:Generation Tour, the Guthrie family plays a concert intended for all (ages) to enjoy.

The man who once said, “If you want to end war and stuff, you gotta sing loud,” Arlo Guthrie is an outstanding songwriter and performer in his own right. He’s built an impressive recording and performing career for himself over the past 50-plus years—and he’s also bringing one of Woody’s dreams to fruition.

On its current Re:Generation Tour—which picks up again in the fall after the current leg winds down on May 20 in Delaware—the Guthrie family has been on the road since February. So expect the New Jersey stop, in addition to being ever-so-timely with all that’s going on in the nation and the world, to be tight and together.

Without trying to sound too fuzzy, I think the spirit of my dad is around today. It comes through the songs that are popular without getting much attention from the industry side of music. They’re the ones young people share with each other, without trying to become radio hits, or money makers. They’re the songs that help you feel good about the things you are doing to make the world a little better for everyone.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s always a good idea to suspect and question authority. I began my public life at the age of 18 poking fun at institutions that had questionable ideas—“Alice’s Restaurant.” And I’ve been a supporter of people (especially young people) when they are motivated enough to participate in demonstrations and marches.

Frankly, the Ocean City Music Pier was always a favorite gig for the whole family. We haven’t done it for years, and I don’t even know if it’s still there. But, every time that gig would come around, suddenly everyone in the family thought it would be a good time to join me on the road. The last time we were there was 2012 and we did a show with the entire family. That was fun!

The show is part of a big tour we’re currently on called “Re:Generation Tour” with my son, Abe (vocals and keyboards), daughter, Sarah Lee (vocals and stringed instruments) and our buddy Terry Ala Berry (vocals, drums and percussion). We’re having a great time swapping songs back and forth throughout the evening. We’re doing a lot of our own material and songs by others as well.