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We are currently seeking angels for the greatest music festival in the greatest city in the world. The four day Greenwich Village Music Festival, with the mission to bring back all the artists who started their careers, playing the clubs on Bleecker Street, from the 1960s to the present. Deck available
Filmmaker Sandi Bachom on Dylan's 1966 warm-up show at Riverside College
Bob Dylan played a warm-up gig in 1966 at Riverside College that does not appear to be documented in any book or on any web-site, according to filmmaker and "New Media Maven" Sandi Bachom.
In a recent telephone interview, Bachom told me she attended an open rehearsal concert by Bob Dylan and The Hawks, then attended the after-party, where Donovan was one of the guests.
I was contacted by Bachom after a friend sent her a link to my Examiner story about Dylan's appearance at the 1963 March On Washington. She informed me that her "old man", the late Stuart Scharf, played guitar with Dylan, Len Chandler, and Joan Baez on Chandler's song, "Hold On (Keep Your Eyes On The Prize)."
I thanked her for the information, and asked if she had any other Dylan-related stories. Bachom informed me that she not only attended a 1973 mixing session, with Dylan in the room, for "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," but had seen an electric mid-1960s show, probably with her friend, a young Jackson Browne.
Bachom is the daughter of two Walt Disney Animation Studio artists, film editor Jack Bachom and airbrush artist Dorothy…
As a 19 year old I visited the USA in 1967. Saw Joan Baez at the Monterey Fairground, Cream at Fillmore West and the Bryds at the Whiskey-a go-go and Big Brother and The Holding Company at the Avalon in SF.
In New York at the Village Theatre I saw Vanilla Fudge, the Seeds and the Byrds (Eric Clapton was in the audience), then in Central Park (July 21st) I saw Judy Collins give a free concert at which she introduced a special guest - Leonard Cohen in one of his first ever appearances, then the Mothers of Invention at the Garrick on Bleeker Street.
The highlight may have been at the Cafe Au Go Go on July 27th. It was billed as Al Kooper's Leaving Concert as he was moving to the UK (though he never did). It featured Jack Andrews, Al Kooper (with Boby Columby, Jim Fielder and Steve Katz), Eric Andersen (with Paul Harris) and Judy Colins. I still have the set list I wrote down.
I also took a bus to Woodstock where around Sept 14/15 I saw Dylan and Robbie Robertson near the Bakery. On returning to New York I went to see Canned Heat and BB King at the Cafe Au Go Go. During BB King's set Elvin Bishop and Eric Clapton joined him for a jam session that cosisted of two half hour numbers with the three of them taking it in turns to solo.
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Hey gang....doing a little research. Who did you see in Greenwich Village? When and where? I saw Jackson Browne open for Randy Newman at the Bitter End in 1974, I grew up in California so missed those early days.
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Bruce Kunkel I played the Bitter End for 4 months in 66-67.19 hours ago · Unlike · 1 person
Bruce Kunkel Hung out with Zappa and the mothers across the street at the Garrett, saw Blood Sweat & Tears, Linda Ronstadt, meet Keith Moon & The Who... lots of stuff!19 hours ago · Unlike · 5 people
Mary Louise Sandi, I saw Jackson too in approx. 1976, but not in Greenwich Village....Great Show19 hours ago · Like
Bruce Kunkel He used to be my room mate in early 1966!19 hours ago · Like · 1 person
Sandi Bachom Hey Bruce, I saw a concert in Riverside, pretty sure Jackson was with me. It was Dylan and The Band, we went to a party after and Donovan and Dylan were there. But the concert doesn't appear in any database, I know it was the 60s but I know...See More 19 hours ago · Like · 2 people
Sandi Bachom where were you guys living? Do you know Pamela Polland?19 hours ago · Like
Bruce Kunkel Know Pamela. Lived at the Hotel Earl while in NYC... we had a large house in the Hollywood Hills when not on the road19 hours ago · Unlike · 2 people
Sandi Bachom I grew up on Beechwood Drive and all the Glens. Peter Tork had a house under the sign up Beechwood after he washed dishes at the Golden Bear....LOL19 hours ago · Like · 2 people
Sandi Bachom Well I'm from "The Barricades of Heaven"...you got to bring your own redemption when you come19 hours ago · Like · 2 people
Fenton Lawless My first week in NYC I saw Sly and the Family Stone at The Electric Circus on St. Marks Place in the East Village. And yes they took me higher and my mind was blown.
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In 1976 I was 17 years old. Two friends and I had read about BobDylan's Rolling Thunder Revue coming to Orlando, FL to the OrlandoSports Stadium. Orlando was a sleepy orange orchard back then. Disneyhad only arrived 4 years earlier in 1972. From what I understand theOSS was torn down years ago and a residential community sits on thesite.
We were a 3 kids from Savannah, GA and the thought of seeing Dylanlive was a near impossibility to us. He hardly ever played in the Southand he surely wasn't ever going to come to Savannah. So, we found outabout the RTR and Orlando and I immediately called and ordered ticketslong distance (remember that) directly to the OSS ticket office. Webought 3 and we couldn't believe. WE WERE GOING TO SEE DYLAN, LIVE! Sowe were on our way to south FL.
We get there and immediately go get our tickets. It was 35 years agoso I don't remember it that well but we finally found the venue. (Ifyou want to call it that.) It was a metal warehouse with notwindows! We thought this can't be the place. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez,Roger McGuinn, Mick Ronson, etc.. wouldn't play this dump. It was inthe middle of no-where. Well, lo and behold this warehouse actually hada ticket office. It was more like a window in the wall. I walked up andasked "am I at the wrong place or is Bob Dylan playing here tomorrownight?"
The lady in the window asked me for my claim check for $32 (yep 32,for 3 tickets). I forked it over and thought "man, I have been screwedon this one". Oh well, we were here. We'll play it out.
The next night we show up and the (of course) grass parking area wasfull. OK, so far so good. We hand over our tickets wondering what wewere walking into. This place was an indoor rodeo with…Continue
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Paula Moore from Facebook says 1/18/11
"Hi Sandi, have been reading your Greenwich Village Music Festival page with great interest/enjoyment. Love the venue and artist histories. Growing up in SF bay area, my venues were: Winterland, Fillmore, Old Waldorf, etc. Also, spent lots of time in LA. Thanks for all your welcome efforts bringing people together for celebration of great music and timeless memories."
"BRING BACK THEM GOOD OL DAYS"
Lisi Tribble about Gerdes Folk City:
"Jay Byrd was the last hooter- Dustin Hoffman based his character "Hawk" in Ishtar on him. Enamel the Camel. The Roches. Rick Danko. David Massengill. George Gerdes. Eric Andersen. Mark Johnson. Gregory Fleeman. Jack Hardy. Robin Williamson. Tret Fure. Ferron. Sammy Walker. Lach. . .--Anderson,
Bob Dylan was also below age when he first played there. Mike signed his guardianship forms."
"I loved it when the Village was still like a small community, a town within Manhattan, and mostly "regulars" would hang out.....I always felt so welcome there... Bring back them old days!"
"This website is gonna catch on fire. Great idea! When I get to something other than an iPhone I'll upload some pix and stuff. I'll be keeping tabs...I Think this kind of organized exposure for the artists willing to perform is Great. going to blossom"
~Bob Porco (grandson of Mike)
"Thanks so much for putting this whole thing together, and for inviting me to participate. I have such wonderful memories of the Bitter End and all the other coffee houses: Gerde's Folk City, The Gaslight Cafe... saw so many wonderful artists perform."