For nearly half a century, Tom Paxton has been a thoughtful voice addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.

The folk legend appears in a rare Portland concert January 16 at Alberta Rose Theatre. Music begins at 7:30 pm with an opening set from special guests Kate Power and Steve Einhorn.

An integral part of the folk music community since the early 60’s Greenwich Village scene, the enduring power of Paxton’s modern standards The Last Thing On My Mind, Ramblin’ Boy, Bottle Of Wine, Whose Garden Was This?, Goin’ To The Zoo and The Marvelous Toy have been sung by generations of fans in languages all over the world.

Pete Seeger once said: “Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they’re becoming part of America.”

Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian and by all means, bring the young-uns. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are $28 advance, $35 at the door, $45 preferred seating in the first 5 rows of the front and center section (available in advance only) See albertarosetheatre.com or call 503.764.4131. The theatre is at 3000 NE Alberta St.