The legendary Greenwich Village club Gerdes Folk City was known as Mike Porco's place. Last year, I began to write a book on Grandpa's life and times. In the process of conducting interviews with the musicians who made Gerdes what it became, it became clear that celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the club landing smack dab in the middle of American Music history should be my primary focus.
A place and date has been secured for this ONE TIME event: Monday June 7th at 130 W3rd St NYC.
The Fat Black Pussycat sits in Gerdes' last location now and will once again become host to the musicians that made Folk City famous. The Village Underground is the venue downstairs in the basement of 130 W3rd and is where the musical festivities will be taking place.
I've been fortunate enough to get commitments from over two dozen performers who once graced the stage at Gerdes during my grandfather's era of 1960-1980 to play at this once in a life time musical Reunion. More details can be found at www.FolkCityatFifty.blogspot.com
This is just the beginning of a series of events and happenings being put together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Gerdes Folk City becoming what Bobby Dylan called "the preeminent Folk Club in America."
Some funds are needed to hire sound, video and stage personnel so that all who attend can experience a professional event culminating in a professional recording of the Historic gathering of Folk City alumni. If we reach our goal, we'll be able to remain in the spirit of putting on a low priced Hoot for the ages.
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