Tuesday, October 7, 2014

MIKE PORCO CENTENNIAL CONCERT Artist Lineup

Mike Porco owned Gerde's Restaurant, an Italian eatery situated in Greenwich Village east of Washington Square on West 4th Street. On January 26, 1960, Gerde's turned into a music venue in cooperation with Izzy Young, the director of the Folklore Center. GERDE'S FOLK CITY then became the unlikely epicenter of a global music paradigm shift.

During Mike Porco’s stewardship (1960-1980) the club hosted early performances by a constellation of Folk Music stars – notably, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins and José Feliciano.

Folk City's distinctive fraternity of such aspiring young artists and legendary recording stars borders on myth. Gerde's was where the cross-fertilization of different styles and musical eras forged important links in the chain of American musical history.

In his autobiography, Bob Dylan called Gerde's "the preeminent Folk club in America." Rolling Stone's Book of Lists called Folk City one of the three top music venues in the world, along with The Cavern and CBGB.





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POSITIVELY PORCO is a star-studded documentary film under production. It chronicles the 1960’s Folk and Blues Revival as it was experienced at a place many musicians called HOME.

Hosted by Porco's grandson, the Mike Porco 100th Birthday Anniversary concert will act as a reunion and celebration of the music that emanated from the Village's golden era.

Live music performances by David Amram, Tom Chapin, Rob Stoner, David Massengill, Bev Grant, Mark Cohen, Lydia Adams Davis, Vince Martin, Vincent Vok, Roland Mousaa, Willie Nininger, Randy Burns and a couple of surprise guests will make Porco's 100th birthday a special evening. Director's cuts of POSITIVELY PORCO will be shown for good measure.

TICKETS:
http://townecc.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=178288&cart#fbShareLinkTag

Towne Crier
Website:
http://townecrier.com/

PORCO HQ:
http://folkcityatfifty.blogspot.com/

IMPORTANT:
Short clip of
Positively Porco will be shown at 7PM

Doors at 5

Music at 7:30


Saturday, September 27, 2014

MIKE PORCO CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION



Mike Porco owned Gerde's Restaurant, an Italian eatery situated in Greenwich Village east of Washington Square on West 4th Street. On January 26, 1960, Gerde's turned into a music venue in cooperation with Izzy Young, the director of the Folklore Center. GERDE'S FOLK CITY then became the unlikely epicenter of a global music paradigm shift.

During Mike Porco’s stewardship (1960-1980) the club hosted early performances by a constellation of Folk Music stars – notably, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins and José Feliciano.
Folk City's distinctive fraternity of such aspiring young artists and legendary recording stars borders on myth. Gerde's was where the cross-fertilization of different styles and musical eras forged important links in the chain of American musical history.
In his autobiography, Bob Dylan called Gerde's "the preeminent Folk club in America." Rolling Stone's Book of Lists called Folk City one of the three top music venues in the world, along with The Cavern and CBGB.

POSITIVELY PORCO is a star-studded documentary film under production. It chronicles the 1960’s Folk and Blues Revival as it was experienced at a place many musicians called HOME. 

Hosted by Porco's grandson, the Mike Porco 100th Birthday Anniversary concert will act as a reunion and celebration of the music that emanated from the Village's golden era.


Live music performances by David Amram, Tom Chapin, Rob Stoner, David Massengill and others will make the100th anniversary of Porco's birth a special evening. Director's cuts of POSITIVELY PORCO will be shown for good measure. 

7:30PM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
doors 6:30

379 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Folk City 50th Anniversary Guitar: Last Play



I've been reviving distant memories of my grandfather's club. It started with the 50th Anniversary. It continues today with the film. 
POSITIVELY PORCO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5O6T...

And thanks to a little help from friends, it continues. A new friend bought this guitar to bring the completion date closer. I had to play it one last time for fun. 

Gerde's Folk City 50th Anniversary guitar
Signed at 130 W.3rd St NYC June 7, 2010

1. David Massengill
2. Frank Caputo (Christian)
3. Happy Traum
4. Guy Davis
5. Willie Nininger
6. Jonathan Kalb
7. Nick Holmes
8. Erik Frandsen
9. The Dirty Birdies Jug Band (5 autographs)
10. Poez
11. Jack Hardy
12. Vincent Vok (inscribing: Thank you Bob P.)
13. Sylvia Tyson
14. Richard Chanel
15. Marilyn Kirby
16. Bob Horan
17. Eric Weissberg
18. Joe Virga
19. Terre Roche
20. Brian Rose
21. Dominic Chianese
22. Vince Martin
23. Lydia Adams Davis
24. Heather Wood
25. Biff Rose
26. Bev Grant
27. Steve Ben Israel
28. Victorio Roland Mousaa
29. Rod MacDonald
30. Mark Dann
31. Randy Burns

Monday, August 11, 2014

SNEAK PEEK of GERDE'S documentary August 22nd



The crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo will be over in a couple of days. If you want a $100 t-shirt, that's what I will give you. 

However, if YOU or SOMEONE you know wants to put their foot in the door and help me take Positively Porco to the finish line in style, NOW is the time!

Yes, I'm making it easy for someone to get an Executive Producer credit. All they have to do is join the club (and foot the bill). The door is open.  

My quest at the moment is to bring in professionals to make Positively Porco a world class film. I've been doing it all myself: The filming, the transcribing, the editing, the thinking…not that I want a pat on the back, I want a team!

With the right people, the sky is the limit. Wide theatrical release and world-wide unit distribution is the goal. Anything less will SUCK! Why bother? Do not connect me with producers who do not produce or people who are 'yeller about their mustard.' The meek shall inherit shit.

It's not your ordinary documentary. Yes, it will educate the world in the ways of the Porco clan, and yes it will educate Folk enthusiasts all about Gerde's, but the inspiring message will make you cheer. Musicians have a place in this world. Always have. Always will. The 'less' famous are all part of the whole. Someone watching this will one day change the world with a song.

Positively Porco is about Family with a capital 'F.' There's no secret handshake. No swearing in. No dress code. Dig?

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For those of you lucky enough to be within 100 miles of Ashokan, New York, you're invited to see a DIRECTOR'S CUT of Positively Porco on Friday, August 22nd at THE SUMMER HOOT.

I'll be there showing a clip entitled ''THE FIFTH PEG: Izzy Young brings music to Gerde's Restaurant.''

I'm the 11:15 act. The entire lineup is right here.
I'm honored to say that a couple of Mike Porco's friends will be performing that weekend. David Bromberg and John Cohen will be featured along with my friends and hosts Mike+Ruthy, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Robert Sarazin Blake, DB Leonard, Elizabeth Mitchell, Amy Helm and many others.

'The Hoot' series shows no signs of ever taking a hiatus. Here's another ground floor opportunity for you to experience a festival in its early years. Don't think twice!

Buy tickets. Stay the weekend. Folk yourself silly. It's beyond music.

AND you will get to witness a Positively Porco clip in a form NEVER to be seen again! Parts of it will have to be cut to make room for the rest of the greatest #Folkumentary you may ever see. 


Here are some images from the 'chunky-style' video about the origins of FOLK CITY










Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IT'S A HELL OF A TOWN

I'm sure it's true of any city.
There's always something to do.
But in New York, there just appears to be more to do 
than in some other flea bitten towns, like Cincinnati.
Everyone should exercise their choice to do whatever they want to do.
This is what we did this weekend:
First, it was a grand time at the old ball game on Saturday.
I treated my Angelina to her first Yankee Game. They won. 
Then Sunday was a Metropolitan Museum outing.
Several Picasos. Several.
Then Monday was the finale of Seegerfest spent in back of
Summerstage with the washed and the unwashed. 
(I was unwashed)
And the sweaty. And free beer.
And Steve Earle and Harry Belefonte.
Remember to reduce and reuse.
And today, we bought some music to the noisiest street in the entire world.
It was stellar because it was fun.
Part of what we shot today will make it into the Folkumentary on
What does Mermaid Avenue have to do with Gerde's? 
Many thanks to Vince Martin, Dominic Chianese and Dom's buddies who made today's experience
special.
~Bob 


What's baseball gotta do with Folk? What's it to ya?
One of thousands of hits


What a doll

The Earle of West Village

Not Derek Jeter

Singing 

Singing and smiling

watching



This street is your street, this street is my street

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I'M GOIN' DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS

Timeless

At this juncture, it seems that Folk and Blues music is having another one of those revival thingies. The same musicians who led the last one are leading this one too. People should see a bandwagon when they see one. Will they ever learn? 

The seasons change and there's yet another huge music festival or event or museum feature or documentary or Folkumentary about the 'Village scene in those days.' Yup. 

I'm part of the problem, not the solution. I'm making a film and I didn't have to quit film school to do it. Why didn't I figure this out years ago?


The film I'm doing is about Mike Porco and Gerde's. Mike was The Dean of Folk City. Gerde's was New York's Center of Folk Music. Fact.

Perhaps Gerde's is best described as the 'Living Room of the 1960's.'
or the 'Home of Dreamers.'
And Mike was perhaps the father to a star constellation. Your call.

Thanks for being me. Cuz my story is told in first person in the non-fiction sorta way. What I've got will knock your socks up and down, kid. Because of Mike's past good graces, it's a hit parade. To save you trouble, I'll pat myself on the back FOR you.

My role, as Izzy Young said, is to press 'record.' I've taken his advice. But I've jumped in with both feet. Oops.

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It's been one summer since Pete and Toshi Seeger left us for pastures of plenty. Many of Mike Porco's friends will be passing through NYC this weekend for concerts and in true Folk form, all the shows are free. They're part of Seegerfest. A tribute. Folk music has an enormous walk-up crowd. It could be millions. Probably not, but it will be well attended.


Next year's event


Even without the physical presence of past organizers, the Seegers, the oral language and propagation of acoustic Folk music around the world has never slowed. It's probably larger than Pete Seeger himself could have imagined. Everyone, especially the musicians, become an equal part of it. Music needs listeners. Entertainers need a reason.

And my film needs more film! So I'm building a Field of Dreams and hoping that ''they'' will come.

I'm staging a shoot. The shoot will be on Mermaid Avenue. And it might just be me playing guitar at 2810. I hope not. Cuz my singing is off. I don't play banjo or twelve-string. But I'm going anyway. And I won't be alone. And I'll get to see Coney Island for the first time. And I'll get to have a wild subway ride back to Manhattan. And I'll get  to tell lies and stories about my day. What fun! I've invited several musicians. Need sunshine and not a box of rain.


Vince Martin and I scoped the scene Two thumbs up



And by the way, I've started a crowd fund site. Not my idea. But I've still got sh*t to unload. T-shirts, hats and my guitar. Some lucky duck already bought that guitar. (What a bargain!)


I don't even have a good forgery to offer someone else. But I have autographed photos of Israel Young. And 300,000 executive q-tips. And a cameo of your own for sale. Don't delay! Act now!

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The Mermaid Avenue shoot will cost a total of two dollar and fifty cent. I don't need to hire Scorsese to make this film …unless he wants in. Like a Soho walk up, ground floor is the best real estate.

~bob

Saturday, July 12, 2014

IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR


THE definition of 'family' may vary person to person. Friends can be referred to as being 'like family.' Cats and dogs get included in family photos. So it should be no big stretch to learn that nearly all the musicians who were hired by Mike Porco were treated like family at Folk City

In turn, many of the folks that Mike encountered during his lifetime also considered him as part of their extended family. 

My grandfather has been described in several books as 'Bob Dylan's surrogate father' and even His Bobness himself called Mike 'the Sicilian father (he) never had.' Porco was from Calabria, not Sicily, but Dylan got his point across. All is forgiven. 

Blood is thicker than the mud. I've undertaken the exciting task to tell the wonderful tale of this Italian immigrant's unlikely inclusion into the annals of Folk music history. He owned New York City's first Folk music cabaret and was the father to a thousand musicians and wayfaring strangers who sought refuge in the friendly confines of Gerde's Folk City.

His good karma has made its way into the modern day over two decades after his death. Because of his selfless effort, my task of making the definitive documentary film on Gerde's and Mike has been made a lot easier. Several fabulous personalities from the past have been gracious with their time and memories for my film

Eric Andersen was the latest celebrity to pour it out about Mike and Gerde's. Others are still slated to be included. Only room enough left for the closest of Mike's friends. It will astound even the most staunch Revival historian. Folk City was, after all, THE Center of Folk Music in NYC.

What I need is YOU to make your closest friends and family aware of me and my project. I don't want to entertain tire kickers. I need professionals to put serious backing behind this film to bring it to audiences around the world. It's not just about Gerde's and Mike. There's more to it than that. It's about one family and their commitment to the 'scene' and the advancement of their art. 

This crowd source site is not about giving out t-shirts to a thousand people. It only takes one person to turn the key. In the meantime, the making of this Folkumentary rages on. Be a part of it. Pass it on.
~Bob











Friday, June 20, 2014

Gerde's Folk's memories



The title makes hardly any sense, but what the hey. It's cyber space. Corrections…bah!

An update on the progress being made for those who those care.

Thanks to gracious folks who know a bandwagon when they see one, POSITIVELY PORCO will sweep all other Gerde's documentaries out of the water and stand in its place. Actually, there are no other Gerde's docs. So at least POSITIVELY PORCO will be first. Not only THAT, but this near finished film will feature many of the living treasures telling the story in first-person. Dig



It's fucking awesome, I must say. I'm partial. But I'm currently distilling the best memories of the finest moments from music history into a 100 minute film.

But if you know someone who wants to make it a mini series, operators are standing by.

Until that eventuality, I've dipped into the 'crowd sourcing' web for a wild fling.
indiegogo

I've already sold my treasured guitar to hire seasoned veterans to help me make the film. It was a steal at 5k. But hey…I needed a new one anyway. Maybe an electric bass instead… drifting.

Take me up on a previous offer and take my 100 bucks for initiating one print media article featuring the GERDE'S FOLK CITY DOCUMENTARY.

And here's a video blog if you're into that sorta thing.


and here's another clip I like.



See ya down the road. Spoke at length with Larry Campbell last Sunday. Heading to Clearwater at Croton Point this weekend. Interviewing Eric Andersen Monday. Going to the Bitter End, Paul Colby tribute Monday night. It's a wild time, someone has to do it.

Mike Porco outside Folk City

Marlon Cherry, Bob Porco

Oscar Isaac and 'Mike Porco, M.D'