Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
Music For Hard Times, 1929-45
Sat, Aug 9, 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Broadway Pearl District
Matinee Series Title Sponsor
We have quite deliberately focused throughout OFAM 2008 not on the sad, poignant songs of the Great Depression and World War II, not on the folk songs, protest songs or songs that recorded the social and political ills of the time, because we wanted to look at the period with different eyes and ears. We all know the truly wonderful, light-hearted, uplifting songs of the Great American Songbook and know--when we stop to think about it--that these songs were by and large written during some of the hardest times of our country's history. But very seldom do we put those great songs and those times together. Rather we are asked to think of The Great Depression pointedly in terms of a no less great but quite different set of songs arising both from within the popular music industry and from creative sources beyond it. This is okay to up to a point. What we have tried to demonstrate this summer's festival is that America's Greatest Generation, their times and their spirit, cannot and should not be remembered strictly as a series of WPA photos of weatherbeaten sharecroppers and desperate ex-businessmen selling apples viewed to the strains of Woody Guthrie or Harburg and Gorney's "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?".
Yet while our "re-scoring" of The Great Depression and World War II has been a worthy experiment that has given us new insights both on the times and, indeed, on the American Songbook itself, we really can't ignore this parallel tradition altogether! So in our final matinee concert this summer, resident music historian Ian Whitcomb and friends pay tribute to this more serious side of American music during the period. Ian will take you on a different kind of musical journey...not on Woody Guthrie's train "bound for glory", not down Dorothy Fields' "Sunny Side of the Street". More down some of the dark alleys of the time, the sad street corners, the forgotten shadows...and, yet, the glimmers of hope.
Event Personnel
Ian Whitcomb, vocals, director
 Whistle And Blow Your Blues Away
(1932) Bosko's Dog Race
Words by Joe Young - Music by Carmen Lombardo
 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
(1932) Americana
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Jay Gorney
 Pink Elephants
Words by Mort Dixon - Music by Harry Woods
 There’s A Tear For Every Smile In Hollywood
(1930) Show Girl In Hollywood
Words & music by Sam Stept
 You Ought To See Sally On Sunday
Words by Mort Dixon - Music by Harry Woods
 Cigarettes, Cigars!
(1931) Ziegfeld Follies of 1931
Words by Mack Gordon - Music by Harry Revel
Words by Billy Hill - Music by Peter DeRose
 Talking Dust Bowl Blues
Words & music by Woody Guthrie
 Big Rock Cany Mountain
Words & music by Harry McClintock
 Pennies From Heaven
(1936) Pennies From Heaven
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Arthur Johnston
 Happy Days Are Here Again
Words by Jack Yellen - Music by Milton Ager
 You Are My Sunshine
Words & music by Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell
 Strange Fruit
Words & music by Abel Meeropol
 God Bless America
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 This Land Is Your Land
Words & music by Woody Guthrie
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Milton Ager, 1893-1979
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Johnny Burke, 1908-1964
Jimmie Davis, 1899-2000
Peter DeRose, 1900-1953
Mort Dixon, 1892-1956
Mack Gordon, 1904-1959
Jay Gorney, 1894-1990
Woody Guthrie, 1912-1967
Yip Harburg, 1896-1981
Billy Hill, 1899-1940
Arthur Johnston, 1898-1954
Carmen Lombardo, 1903-1971
Harry McClintock, 1882-1957
Abel Meeropol, -
Charles Mitchell, -
Harry Revel, 1905-1958
Sam Stept, 1897-1964
Harry Woods, 1896-1970
Jack Yellen, 1892-1991
Joe Young, 1889-1939
Ticket/Venue Info
Brother Can You Spare A Dime Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
15%  20%  25%  Stud. 
AA26.00  22.25  21.00  19.50  13.00 
A22.00  18.75  17.75  16.50  11.00 
B18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
O18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon

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OFAM 2008 Musical Overview
OFAM 2008 Schedule
Friday Jul 25
7:30 pmWizard of Oz
Saturday Jul 26
7:30 pmWizard of Oz
Tuesday Jul 29
6:00 pmMemories In Black & White
Wednesday Jul 30
7:30 pmCotton Club Stomp
Thursday Jul 31
2:00 pmSwing That Music
8:00 pmBeyond The Rainbow
Friday Aug 1
2:00 pmSunny Side of the Street
7:30 pmBrigadoon
Saturday Aug 2
2:00 pmWizard of Oz
8:00 pmWe're in The Money
Sunday Aug 3
2:00 pmBrigadoon
Tuesday Aug 5
8:00 pmUnsaturated Fats
Wednesday Aug 6
8:00 pmBing to Bobby Sox
Thursday Aug 7
2:00 pmStar Dust
7:30 pmBrigadoon
Friday Aug 8
2:00 pmFingerbuster
7:30 pmWizard of Oz
Saturday Aug 9
2:00 pmBrother, Can You Spare A Dime
7:30 pmStage Door Canteen
Sunday Aug 10
2:00 pmWizard of Oz
Friday Aug 15
7:30 pmBrigadoon
Saturday Aug 16
7:30 pmBrigadoon
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