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.
|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|
|Dominic Chianese, Bob Batch|
|Bob and Rod MacDonald|
|Steve Ben Israel|
|Willie Nile, Frank Christian|