The NYC Greenwich Village Music Festival

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

So many great memories.
I first moved to the Village in 1969, Born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island but I grew up in Greenwich Village. Started working in the music
business soon after I got here. Started with the "Blues Project" and
rapidly worked my way through Buzzy Linhart, Al Kooper, Buzzy again,
McKendree Spring, Tranquility, Chick Corea, and Larry Coryell. Played my
first stints as a singer songwriter in just about everyplace there was
to play. Cafe Wha, Gerdes Folk City, Gaslight, Cafe Feenjon and the Fat
Black Pussycat, The Back Fence, The Mermaid, and the Bitter End. Found
my self working in most of them as well. I was the

Doorman on Monday nights at Nobody's on Bleecker where anything and everything could happen. Worked as a singing waiter at "Your Fathers
Mustache" on 7th Avenue and of course drank in all of the great bars
from Googies, The Kettle of Fish, The Riviera, Chumley's, Buffalo
Roadhouse, The Lion's Head, and if I was lucky I would get to be locked
in after hours at "Nobody's" with a group of wonderfully talented
people.

I moved to Los Angeles in 74 and came back and forth for many years. I started coming to the Village in 1965 and between then and 1974 it was a
magical place full of Music and Drinking and a fair amount of Danger.
It shaped who I would ultimately become, both the Good and The Bad.

Well that is the short form, if I start with anything more specific I would be here all night long.
Best Wishes to All.......

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Comment by Michael Gladstone on September 23, 2010 at 6:00pm
Did you know Dinny and Marie? He was the cook and she was a waitress there. He ended up managing Googie's for Jimmy Red over on Sullivan Street.....
Comment by Sandi Bachom on September 23, 2010 at 5:38pm
thank you so much Michael, this is beautiful, i love all the posts, I drank 4 Slo Gin Fizz's at The Kettle of Fish to get the courage to have my ears pierced next door, i was in town for ian & sylvia concert at Carnegie Hall...my 'old man' was their guitar player.

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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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