Thursday, July 23, 2015

THE most patient man in New York- David Massengill


An
interview
wuz
done
with 
David
Massengill
yesterday
in
the 
lowereastside
.
David
wuz
kind
and 
noble
in
his
deed
...
providing
me
with
great
conversation
despite
the
sounds
of
a
helicopter
invasion
of
Manhattan
.
Veryfuckingnoisy
.
but
Dave'swords
given
are
those
of
a
dreamer
.
still
dreaming
.
still
here
.
still
giving


Monday, June 29, 2015

IZZY ALRIGHT

Famed Folklore Center founder Israel Goodman Young​ was in New York City last week for the FOLK CITY exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. This video shows what we did.

Izzy Young was the first to hire musicians to play at Gerde's, my grandfather's restaurant on W4th Street. 'The Fifth Peg at Gerde's' became GERDE'S FOLK CITY and Mike Porco worked tirelessly to keep the doors open and support local musicians. Here's to IZZY who is NOT gone, and NOT forgotten for his selfless work in bridging the past with the future.

POSITIVELY PORCO is the definitive documentary film being made about New York City's first Folk Music cabaret, GERDE'S FOLK CITY.
Folk City's distinctive fraternity of aspiring young artists and legendary recording stars borders on myth.
The stars themselves tell the astounding history of Gerde's and Positively Mike Porco.

OFFICIAL TRAILER
https://youtu.be/q5O6T44CC0M

Don't 'like' it of Facebook. L-O-V-E IT!!!!
POSITIVELY PORCO is on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/positivelyporcomovie?ref=hl

POSITIVELY PORCO is on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/PositivelyPorco

POSITIVELY PORCO can be found on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FolkCity50

Details and history on GERDE'S FOLK CITY can be found at:
http://www.FolkCityatFifty.blogspot.com

also:
http://www.PositivelyPorco.com

More info on Gerde's Folk City:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerde%27s_Folk_City

and:
http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/story/98292-vanished-venues-gerdes-folk-city/

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Copyright FRIENDS OF MIKE PORCO, LLC
film is due out 2016

MUSIC:
Lucinda Williams
Guided By Voices

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ISRAEL YOUNG SPENDS TIME WITH OLD FRIENDS IN NEW YORK

A couple of days before Izzy went 
back to Sweden,
Izzy and I went downtown for lunch with our friend and former
roommate of Ratso and Phil Ochs,
Dave Peller.
Then Izzy and I walked through Washington Square
for old time's sake.
Then we enjoyed what became the highlight of his visit:
the intimate concert held 
June 22nd at the 
Museum of the City of New York.
It was the first in a series of events
celebrating the FOLK CITY exhibit 
on display until November.
Happy Traum announced Young to the crowd 
saying ''one of the people that made all this possible, Izzy Young!''

just one of the guys on Sullivan




reflecting

Green room dining

Jane Traum, Izzy and Happy Traum





Music organizer, Doug Yeager on left
Curator Stephen Petrus at the mic





Izzy writes



''This is fucking fabulous!!''

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NOTHING ISRAEL

Israel Goodman Young
has left the building.
We slept in this morning. We watched his documentary on himself
called


TALKING FOLKLORE CENTER. 


We packed the bag and had some cheesecake for breakfast,
then used public transportation to Newark where it smells.
I raced back to Washington Square and reflected on my time with Izzy.
Words cannot describe, unless you know Izzy.
Integrity. Gritty. Alive and well.




Izzy says "Bob, you are positively awesome!''







krishna at Union Square

Should there not be a statue of Izzy somewhere?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

IZZY, CLEARWATER FESTIVAL, SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT


6.23.15
Central Park

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6.20.15
GCT

With Sonia Ochs

Tom Chapin

Mike+Ruthy

with Jay Ungar

With Mike Merenda

Kate Pierson


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Washington Square, NYC
6.22.15


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work strong hands









with Bill Hudson

David Crosby

listening to Guy Davis from backstage