Monday, March 29, 2010

Fourteen, sixteen.....TWENTY!!!!!

That's right....Twenty (20) musical acts eager to play and celebrate Mike Porco's 50th Anniversary of opening New York's Center of Folk Music.

I'm starting to confirm performers two-by-two....Replies are shifting from definite "maybe's" to "HELL YES!!" Imagine if I knew what I was doing....

Get yourself out of the "maybe" list...RSVP to before you think twice. Each additional act will only lead to the next.

There's one less "maybe" every couple of days. Confirm your spot on this FIRST TIME, ONE TIME and perhaps ONLY TIME line up including.....

...I promise to let the cat out of the bag sometime in April to let you all know who's planning on making the trip/coming out of retirement/walking over/driving in/heading down to The Fat Black Pussycat to cavort and HAVA THE TASTE once again.

If you're already in NYC, you have no excuse NOT to board the subway with a dusted off favorite ready to play a memorial Hoot for Grandpa Mike Porco.

I suggest an afternoon nap...this could go on for a while...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

So far. So good. So what?

Initial interest from one MASS email has been encouraging!

Over a dozen acts and counting...

In a matter of days, I will be contacting all in my little black book to confirm commitments and secure some more.

To avoid gentle arm twisting, RSVP today to
(Or just call Bob)

Don't wait for me to expose the list before you decide...many of you know who's likely to be there. See for yourself. Come play on the same stage with fellow greats one more time....and "bringa you following"

The "Old Guard" is represented. (79 year old banjo players are cool!)
The "New Guard" is represented. (including but not exclusive to The One Man Clash)
Robert Johnson is represented.
Rev. Gary Davis is represented.
Dave Van Ronk is represented.
Mike Porco is represented.
Represent your damn self!

People who have never met or played together will be there together for the first time.
Yes. It really will be that special...

Gerdes musicians: Add your name to the list!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cleveland or Bust!!!

Facebook users and abusers: Join this public page and stay tuned for ways you can help get Gerdes Folk City inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

cut and paste til i figure this blogging nonsense out:
Induct Gerdes Folk City into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

And of course the other public page "Face down at Folk City"
cut it. Paste it.!/group.php?gid=45635986613&ref=mf

Thursday, March 4, 2010

General Info

What: Folk City at Fifty! The 50th anniversary of the first honest-to-god folk club in the Village. (Dave Van Ronk said that!)

Where: 130 w3rd NYC- Gerdes Folk City's final stop in the Village.
Noam Dworman, proprietor of the Village Underground and Fat Black Pussycat has graciously offered the Pussycat for this once in a lifetime historic extravaganza. Thanks Noam!

When: Monday June 7th 2010 (subject to change) There are worse things to do on a Monday

Rumored guests...Havens, Weissberg, Vega, Traum, Baez, Hardy, The Roches, Kaplansky, Vok, Kalb, Atwood, Feliciano, Rotolo, Sky, Hester, Yarrow, Nile, Massengill, MacDonald, Kornfeld, Simon, Frandsen, Forbert, Collins, Christian, Harris, McGuinn, Bromberg, Elliott, Guthrie, Seeger, Mas and on and on and on

Longest running rumored appearance: Bobby Dylan (né Zimmerman)

Actual guests: You know who you are...
List under construction. To be announced in April. Check back for updates!
Gimmie a break! I just started this blog yesterday...

Former patrons and performers RSVP today!

Folk, Folk/rock, bluegrass, blues and acoustic music lovers RSVP now!

To RSVP, send your intent to:

Come one. Come all!
Bring yourself on down to Folk City at Fifty.

TOUCH the very bar that Mike and John Porco tended with great care!

WALK THROUGH the front door so many great performers and would be stars strode through on their way to into history!

COME AND HEAR some of the greatest singer songwriters perform at Gerdes once again!



What is/was Folk City?
"The Mecca"~ Richie Havens
"Our Headquarters"~ Carolyn Hester
"Like no place else in the Village"~ Suze Rotolo
"The perfect school"~ Steve Forbert
"A mythical place"~ Jack Hardy
"A cauldron of creativity"~ Terre Roche
"A home for dreamers"~ David Massengill
"The preeminent Folk club in America"~ Bobby Dylan
"Gerdes was the starting point of it all"~ Maria Muldaur
"(Folk City) has a certain kind of goodness that transcends everything"~ Ramblin' Jack Elliott
"Folk City was where original singers came to sing"~ Suzanne Vega
"Gerdes meant more to me than any club I ever played in all my lifetime"~ John Lee Hooker
"Folk City was the only place that was really open and encouraging"~ Emmylou Harris
"Folk City was THE folk club"~ John Hammond Jr
"(The place) to get exposure in front of audiences and learn how to work out your songs"~ Roger McGuinn
"The place I would really call home. It WAS my home"~ Judy Collins
"Gerdes was the heart of it all. The ultimate in hip. It was the real thing"~ Joan Baez
"Because of Folk City I developed the act I have now. Gerdes meant independence for me"~ Jose Feliciano
"Folk City was IT"~ John Hammond Sr
"It was THE place to go"~ Lenny Levine
"Folk City meant there was life beyond Macdougal St"~ John Cohen
"It freshened up American life for the better"~ Danny Kalb
"The best parent a person could have"~ Carolyne Mas
"The 60s happened here"~ Maggie Roche
"I got to see John Lee Hooker and Dylan for a dollar"~ Annonymous

Who can I expect to see there?
See above

Can I bring my dulcimer and auto harp?
By all means

And my guitar??!!
Yes you may

Will there be a piano there?
I certainly hope so

What should I wear?
Comfortable shoes

What is there to eat and/or drink?
Food and refreshments will be served