The NYC Greenwich Village Music Festival

the greatest music festival from the greatest music city in the world

I grew up in the clubs of Southern California in the early 1960s...The Golden Bear where I saw Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Pony's, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Denver, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Jose Feliciano, Judy Collins and Janis Joplin, the Holy Modal Rounders and even sang at a couple of open mic nights myself with my friend Steve Noonan....Steve and Sandi...., The Rendezvous Ballroom where we danced the Surfer Stomp to Dick Dale and the Deltones and booed the Beach Boys off the stage because we were real surfers and they were from Hawthorne.

 

I moved to New York in 1967, my 'old man' produced Spanky and Our Gang", I remember going to the village, had my ears pierced next to the Kettle of Fish after drinking several Slo Gin Fizzes there.  Stood on the corner of Bleecker & McDougal and marveled about the Fred Neil song, I still do.

I went to the original recording session for Eric Anderson's Violets of Dawn.

 

I saw my old friend Jackson Browne open for Randy Newman at The Bitter End in 1974.

I saw Leon Russell open for Elton John at the Fillmore East 1973?

 

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Happy Traum at the Gerdes Folk City 50th Reunion 6/7/10 "Buckets Of Rain" and talks about Dylan

"BRING BACK THEM GOOD OLD DAYS!" ~ Comments from our members!

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!"
~Ida Langsam

"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."
~Yvonne Fitzner

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