Friday, June 10, 2016

Subterranean 75th Birthday Salute to Bob Dylan- Commemorative T-Shirt

This is the batch of remainder shirts unsold from the actual concert held May 24, 2016.

The Village Underground and Friends of Mike Porco held a sold out, over-the-top, Rock and Rolling concert for Gerde's Folk City's favorite son, Bob Dylan.

Contemporaries and past bandmates of Bob performed that night and some lucky folks in attendance bought t-shirts on-site and walked away as a witness to history, happy as hell. 

You can still get yours. If you missed the big show, no one will know.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

GERDE'S FOLK CITY 50th Anniversary- six year old pix

Time flies, dude.

Gerde's became ''FOLK CITY'' exactly 56 years ago.

For 5 months in early 1960, Izzy Young ran 'The Fifth Peg at Gerde's' with Mike Porco and a fella named Tom Prendergast. By Memorial Day of that year, Izzy and Tom were out, and Mike Porco…well you can guess the rest.

The first star to perform under the newly minted club called 'Folk City' was Carolyn Hester. Charlie Rothschild came up with the name and assumed Izzy's booking duties.



In 2010, I invited a ton of Folk City's past performers to play 'one last time' at the old Folk City on West 3rd. Everybody agreed to come. We commandeered the joint for 6 hours on a Monday night. Even I took the stage with Frank Christian and Rod MacDonald to play 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door.'

Here now are 50-some-odd never before released frames from the footage of the event. You're' welcome. Come again.

Bev Grant 
Bob Sr. and Bob Jr. passing out fliers

Bob and Bob at the original corner
W4th and Mercer

Jack Hardy recognizes old drinking buddy

Bob Fass got up on stage, too

David Amram

Dominic Chianese, Bob Batch

Eric Weissberg

Jack Hardy

John McKuen

Judy Gorman

Bob and Rod MacDonald

Peggy Atwood

Randy Burns

Steve Ben Israel

Sylvia Tyson

Vincent Vok

Willie Nile, Frank Christian

Willie Nininger