Storytellers are subject to generational whims: What strikes one generation as witty and wise is likely to seem quaint to the next.
It’s true such masters as Will Rogers transcend generations, but most speak to more narrowly defined audiences. Enter Arlo Guthrie, singer and storyteller.
Guthrie, who appears Sunday at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint, not only has his own generational slice; he has a slice of a slice.
Guthrie tells stories and sings songs for baby boomers.
Boomers who inhaled.
Sure, you’ll see kids and even a few renegade preboomers at a Guthrie concert, but the vast majority are those who were in the proper state of mind to fall on the floor when they first heard Guthrie rhyme pickle with motorcycle.
Guthrie specializes in - in fact, he gave birth to - a gentle, good-humored brand of cultural subversiveness that makes you think and giggle at the same time.
It’s a trick he’s been pulling off since “Alice’s Restaurant” became the theme song of the draft resistance movement.
Sunday, Guthrie will be accompanied by his son, Abe, on keyboards and backing vocals. Abe’s rock band, Xavier, won’t play this show.
xxxx Arlo Guthrie Location and time: Panida Theater, Sunday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18 ($20 at the door), available at Java Adagio and Eve’s Leaves, and G&B;