The NYC Greenwich Village Music Festival

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

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.

Good Luck with your Festival

Richard Lewis

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"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."


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~Ida Langsam

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~Bob Porco (grandson of Mike)

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~Yvonne Fitzner

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