by Bill Forman
Granted, Colorado Springs doesn’t always get the best-known musicians coming through, but we’ll soon be getting a lot of their offspring. In a genuinely odd coincidence, at least three of them have been booked so far to perform here this summer.
The influx of celebrity spawn kicks off July 13, when Arlo Guthrie, son of revered folk singer Woody Guthrie, comes to the Pikes Peak Center.
Then on Aug. 6, the same venue will play host to Amy Helm, who is both the daughter of the Band’s Levon Helm and the stepdaughter of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen.
After that, Stargazers gets in on the act with a Sept. 7 performance by A.J. Croce, son of ’70s singer-songwriter Jim Croce.
While Guthrie managed to slip out from his father’s shadow, Croce and Helm are still relatively new to the game. (Give them time.)
Meanwhile, here are videos of Arlo singing Woody’s “Pastures of Plenty," Amy talking about her musical family, and A.J. playing his dad’s “Operator” on the 40th anniversary of its release.