The Bitter End, one of the most historic clubs in Greenwich Village, is the venue for the closing event of this year’s The Village Trip festival.
On Sunday September 30 2018, the Bitter End, at 147 Bleecker Street, will play host to a celebration of folk music in New York City with Talkin’ New York Folk Revival, an evening of live music and chat which will end in a folk jam recalling the club’s famed 1960s hootenannies. Among those performing will be Happy Traum and David Massengill, whose Village roots run deep indeed, the former having played with Bob Dylan and the latter with Dave van Ronk, the legendary “Mayor of MacDougal Street” whose memoir inspired the Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Other musicians will be announced shortly.
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.
David Amram – whose distinguished seventy-year career embraces every sphere of music and who has collaborated with such diverse figures as Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Hunter S Thompson and Willie Nelson – is to be Artist-in-Residence at The Village Trip.
Icon Books, a leading independent publisher with offices in New York and London, is partnering with The Village Trip for a book on Greenwich Village. The Village Trip will be a guide to the people and places that comprise this unique neighborhood. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019 in both markets.