With dates set for The Village Trip 2019, and new local and creative partnerships to be unveiled shortly, the organisers are thrilled to announce two appointments that will set the course of the festival and enable its strategic development over the years to come.
Danny Kapilian, who produced Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square, the free concert in Washington Square Park, for the inaugural festival, has been named as Artistic Director of The Village Trip.
Dawn Drew joins The Village Trip team as Associate Producer – Operations.
Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump” is a song-and-spoken-word “live documentary” telling the story of Guthrie’s battles against his racist Brooklyn landlord, Fred C Trump, father of the US president. Based on unpublished songs, letters, and notebooks that Will discovered in the Woody Guthrie Archives, the show brings to life all the anger and contempt that Guthrie felt for those in power who will deny justice to their fellow human beings on account of the colour of their skin.
“What a beautiful gift all your events were for NYC!” Terri Howell, Director of Operations, The Village Alliance
Heartfelt thanks to all those who had faith in our vision and who made the journey with us – sponsors, partners and private donors, and those who gave so generously of their time and expertise. Please know how much you are appreciated.
And thanks too, of course, to our wonderful performers, speakers, actors, musicians. It was an honor to have you.
See you next year – September 26-29, 2019
“Such an important new festival which needs
to become an annual event!”
“The best part was the glow on the audiences faces”
Bathed in glorious late September sunshine, on the last weekend of September Washington Square Park and the surrounding streets were a mecca for all those who appreciate the history and heritage of Greenwich Village and who want to celebrate and preserve it. From its Thursday evening launch at the historic Washington Square Hotel to Sunday’s closing folk festivities at the fabled Bitter End, The Village Trip honoured some of the many figures whose careers were born in the Village and who went on to leave an indelible mark on the world.
Strand Book Store opened in 1927 on Fourth Avenue on what was then called “Book Row,” an area that covered six city blocks and housed forty-eight bookstores. Strand’s founder Benjamin Bass was all of twenty-five years old when he began his modest, used bookstore and sought to create a place where books would be loved. Continue reading Strand Book Store→
Singer-songwriter whose career was born in Greenwich Village returns to headline Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square
Suzanne Vega – whose career began in Greenwich Village in the new folk revival of the 1980s – is to headline Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square, the free concert in Washington Square Park which is the focal point of The Village Trip.
Suzanne Vega to headline concert in Washington Square Park
Premiere of Greenwich Village Portraits for Saxophone
and Piano by David Amram, Village Trip Artist-in-Residence
A new festival will celebrate Greenwich Village as the historic forge in which much of 20th century American culture was hammered out. Taking place over the last four days of
September and based out of the fabled Washington Square Hotel, the inaugural Village Trip will honor the lives and work of Edna St Vincent Millay, Jack Kerouac and Eugene O’Neill, all of whom spent their formative years in the Village, and the work of photographer David Gahr.
It will also celebrate the legendary Village jazz heritage with two events in partnership with the New School: a concert at the Stiefel Hall by Billy Harper, Joanne Brackeen, Vic Juris and Dave Douglas, and a post-concert Jazz Jam at the Washington Square Hotel’s North Square Lounge featuring students from the School of Jazz sitting in with multi-instrumentalist and composer David Amram, who has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Joseph Papp, Charles Mingus and Hunter S Thompson, among others, and whose film scores include The Manchurian Candidate.
Amram, who is The Village Trip Artist-in-Residence, has worked in Greenwich Village since the 1940s, and created Jazz/Poetry with Jack Kerouac. He will perform Kerouac’s Blues in the Afternoon at the Jefferson Market Library, where Kenneth Radnofsky and Yoshiko Kline will give the world premiere performance for saxophone and piano of Amram’s Greenwich Village Portraits – three movements dedicated to his late Village friends Arthur Miller, Odetta and Frank McCourt.
Suzanne Vega, whose career began in Village clubs and coffeehouses more than 30 years ago, headlines a free concert in Washington Square Park. Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square will honor the musical heritage of the Village, whose siren call drew a student dropout from the University of Minnesota whom the world would come to know as Bob Dylan. Says Vega: “ I am happy to be doing this show in Greenwich Village, where I spent a lot of time in the eighties. I first ventured down to Folk City afraid to cross the threshold because I knew Bob Dylan had started there. But I was thrilled to be accepted by the gang of poetic songwriters I found. And it’s always good to be back.”
Artist Lori Loebelsohn was a teenager in Brooklyn when she first set foot in the Village. She was immediately hooked and was soon living there, an art student with Washington Square Park as her campus. The richness of her experience, and her longstanding connections with the Washington Square Hotel, have now inspired an evocative poster for The Village Trip… Continue reading Memories and reflections of Greenwich Village→
Ian Seeberg and his band the Gingermen played Joe Marra’s legendary Night Owl in the 1960s, one of many clubs around the crossroads of MacDougal and Bleecker
Every night the streets of Greenwich Village in the 1960s were filled with a riotous blaze of neon lights and patchouli oil; a teeming, bell-bottomed sea of peace and love with no shortage of feathers, headbands and beads. Wherever you looked indelible images appeared: a darkened doorway becoming an impromptu stage for someone to muse mystically on a native flute, fervent chanters intoning through clouds of incense, strange figures emerging out of the night fog of Washington Square looking like lost Indian scouts for General Custer – and all of it set to the endless soundtrack of ringing guitar music pouring from clubs up and down the streets.