Monday, April 26, 2010
Fifty years ago, Mike Porco added live Folk Music to the menu of his Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village . The rest became American Music History.
Virtually overnight, Gerdes Folk City became the most coveted gig by every hopefull singer/songwriter to make their way to New York . It was the home of New York 's original Hootenanny now commonly known as open mic. Gerdes offered a stage for aspiring stars to make their names known....and many of them did.
The list of those who cut their teeth at Gerdes reads like a who's-who of American Folk and Folk Rock royalty: Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Judy Collins, Simon and Garfunkel, Jose Feliciano, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nile, Steve Forbert, The Roches, Peter, Paul and Mary, Phoebe Snow, David Massengill, Rod MacDonald, Lili Añel, Carly Simon and, of course, Bobby Dylan.
Now, for one night only, many of them are "Bringing it All Back Home" to Gerdes' last stop in The Village for a music filled reunion. This will be the "kickoff" gathering beginning a year of celebrating Folk Music's 50th year of finding a home in New York City.
You're invited to come experience the Folk City at Fifty Anniversary reunion featuring over two dozen live performances by those who made Gerdes what it was...and still is.
WHERE: 130 West 3rd NYC.(now the Fat Black Pussycat)
WHEN: June 7th 2010