Tuesday, October 25, 2016


This past Sunday was the anniversary of Mike Porco's birth. He would have been 102.
Bob and I are still here on Earth, so I paid him a visit for my own sake.
I spent time at the Guthrie Center much of the weekend and made a 'deposit' which is a story for another day.
Afterwards, while I was taking in the sunshine outside across from the Guthrie Museum, a tour bus rolled by. 
A sign on the door said ''Closed today at 3:30 for private event'' which clearly meant Dylan was popping in. It was confirmed to me by Michael Chaiken of the DYLAN ARCHIVE fame that 'Bob' was coming over. 
So I waited. But…I got hungry and left. Sorry to have missed you, Bobby. 
I'm sure Dylan felt the PORCO energy lingering in the museum when he came through. I sure noticed him later that evening when we were in the same room at the Brady Theater. A lovely time was had by 4,200 eager listeners. 

Here's a sample of the sighting:

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Joan Baez FULL Concert Oct 13, 2016

Joan Baez

Here's Joan's show from October 13th
The day our friend Bob was declared winner of the
Nobel Prize.

Mike Porco would have a lot to say about it.

Ms. Baez was kind enough to
meet and greet outside the venue.

The footage and audio are raw. The show was
100% awesome but I sometimes let the camera
sit on my lap.
I hope you enjoy what you see.
If you want better, go see Joan Baez in person.




Saturday, October 1, 2016

NYC's Folk Music Director OSCAR BRAND

I was fortunate to meet and speak with Oscar on a few occasions. I was able to thank him for helping my Grandfather make Gerde's Folk City what it became. Oscar was the City's authority- quite literally- on Folk Music at the time of Gerde's Restaurant's conversion from Wine and sauce shop into ''New York's Center of Folk Music.'' Oscar helped Mike Porco weed out talent and create a crowd around the best acoustic entertainment Washington Square had to offer

Here's an excerpt from a radio broadcast from at Gerde's when Israel G. Young was booking the FIFTH PEG:

Ed Herlihy:….''We take you back to New York's first Folk Music cabaret Gerde's- G-E-R-D-E and our reporter at the club…''

Sean Fitzpatrick: This is Sean Fitzpatrick and I'm talking to Oscar Brand, an expert on Folk music….and Oscar we're wondering if this is the beginning, well, it looks like the beginning for Folk music's spreading to the general populace.

Oscar Brand: Well, I'm hoping so. I think that the best way to make people learn about Folk music is to let them hear Folk music….and if this club is successful in the way that other clubs around the country have been successful, I will be a very happy, grateful and fulfilled young man.

Reporter: Thank you, Oscar Brand.

Oscar: It's a pleasure to talk to you even if I don't know what I'm talking about! (laughter)

~ Recorded January 1960,
The Fifth Peg at Gerde's
11 W. 4th St.

Oscar Brand

MORE on Oscar Brand's incredible career here:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CALL TO ARMS- Save FREE SPEECH from the clutches of DHS

We have such an emotional (s)election season. The pundits say that every four years, that there's never been more at stake. 

But let's forget about that for a moment. 

Consider the climate being created for all artists. Writers and singers in particular have, historically, always had a platform to express their opinions. 

However, we live in a time where people, by-and-large, keep tabs and even keep in touch through social networks instead of phone conversation. Folks with mutual interests can comment on a photo or video posted online in real time even though they don't know each other and live thousands of miles away. 

Unbeknownst to some, but undeniably, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have taken it upon themselves to censor, ban and even shut down average citizens from posting "sensitive" material. 

Yet our fabled enemies can continue to use these platforms without being shut down. 

More alarming, however, is the historic precedence that Homeland "Security" shall now consider the 2016 vote as part of their oversight of the Nation's "critical infrastructure."

Sounds a little Nazi-like? Maybe. 
If you trust the process to DHS, I wish you luck. 

But the Primary season has been an eye opener. Stanford University has concluded that POTUS hopeful Sanders was bamboozled.


''First, we show that it is possible to detect irregularities in the 2016 Democratic Primaries by comparing the states that have hard paper evidence of all the placed votes to states that do not have this hard paper evidence. Second, we compare the final results in 2016 to the discrepant exit polls.''

In other words, those who supported him had their votes- their right to have an opinion- thrown out. 

What's next?

What would Phil Ochs say these days? There's no way to know. But I think he's already said it through his songs. Listen to his historical RECORDS and you may find more than one line that fits our situation today. 

Will his opinions soon be censored on YouTube and the Social networks also? Time will tell. The People of today cannot let it happen. 

This is part of the reason I launched THE MIKE PORCO SONG INITIATIVE this past August. 

The main contest mandate is for artists to enter original songs written about or promoting UNITY

Some of you may remember the Occupy movement. Although, I think, it became misguided by directing their angst toward bankers playing the "game," it gave a free pass to the policy makers who set the tables for corruption. The system was gamed and the People were left holding the bag. 

When the People took to the streets to rally and protest, FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY was swiftly reconfigured by the powers that be. 

In other words, the biggest threat to the major players gaming the system was an informed populace. Leaving the comforts of your couch to peacefully assemble and share ideas was monitored and "free speech zones" were enforced. 


Should DHS be allowed to monitor the upcoming election, there's NO TELLING what can happen next. 

Here's James Carville saying that "100 votes here and there" can be switched. 

Oh, that's all?!

Are you one of the "100" programmed by the Diebold machines to be disenfranchised? 

I hope not. 

Full disclosure: I do not vote. 
The candidate I support in 2016 does not exist. I would prefer to hang both of the current choices up in the Town square just to be on the safe side. 

But taking our RIGHT TO AN OPINION....that shall not be taken from my friends, family, fellow Americans and my daughter. 

...and hearts and minds and fingers and voices. 

Write a song worthy to lead a march of like minded People who want their opinions to MATTER. 

I personally do not want DHS or electric, known-to-be-hacked Diebold machines to decide what choices are acceptable to the needs of their Masters. 


Saturday, September 3, 2016

JAKOB DYLAN and the Wallflowers in Bearsville

September 2, 2016

PORCO and DYLAN 2016

In the FLESH

Bob Porco, Jakob Dylan
(photo Susan Mayorga)

Mike Porco, Bob Dylan 1980
(photo Vanessa Galanti)

THE WALLFLOWERS rocked Bearsville Theater. 
Connections were made.
That is all.
Carry on.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

HASHTAG your way to freedom with a #SONGCONTEST

Sept 1 2016
HOMELAND SECURITY to …ahem, oversee the 2016 elections.
NOT a Nazi headline from 1933.
For those who fear the installment of EITHER presidential candidate, your worries are over!
Das Homeland will now count, or maybe NOT count our votes for us. Thank goodness I don't vote. Whew

must be seen to sense our mutual situation

Our RIGHT TO POSSESS opinions as citizens, however, is nearing extinction if we let them get away with much more of this shit.

#savefreespeech #FREESPEECH #notin2016 #diebold #dieboldmachines #stolenelections #censorship #disenfranchised #presidentialSelections #CFR 

The Protest of Homeland stealing the vote

If you trust them, I have a bridge nearby to show you.

Isreal Goodman Young saved free speech once
(photo Dave Peller)


A #SONGCONTEST I have running…?

Vinyl pressing of your song is the prize.

conceptualized for the purpose of promoting #UNITY and #FREESPEECH  

Unity for all people, not just the psychopaths running 'things.'

Mike was my grandfather and is well remembered by artists in #WashingtonSquare for supporting the talents of the best musicians to ever stroll through #GreenwichVillage. 

The rules for the contest are posted here:

Begun on August 7, the rules were limiting to bands or duos only.
NOW I'm calling out and including
ANY musician with a shred of human pride and dignity
to write an original song and inspire communication between the People. 

When the citizens talk, 'They' lose.
The day we come together is the day WE win.

A future of peace, love, unity and a whole lotta music sounds nice. Make it happen.

ALL musicians keen on saving and preserving #FREESPEECH in the USA are eligible to write a song about it.

Use it or lose it.

Song must be:
1. Original
2. About #UNITY

Send demo to folkcity50@gmail.com
Winner announced at folkcityatfifty.blogspot.com 
Winner gets to press their song onto

Get to work