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The Village Trip in 2021 runs from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 September, with its usual mix of words and music at venues across the Village.

Free Concert in the Park on Saturday 25: Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square, with

Bobby Sanabria and His Multiverse Big Band.

Bobby Sanabria and His Multiverse Big Band

In the days before and after, there will be a variety of events, including an increased number of outdoor events – walks and talks, each exploring a facet of Village life and culture. And of course we will return once more to the historic Bitter End in its sixtieth birthday year to celebrate New York City’s folk music heritage.

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Dancing in the street – The Village Trip big-tent program offers something for everyone during its nine-day run

Greenwich Village’s rich history of creativity and activism will drive dozens of events throughout the iconic neighborhood, from Saturday September 18 through Sunday September 26 during The Village Trip, the third annual festival celebrating the history and heritage of the Village.

Bobby Sanabria
Bobby Sanabria

Seven-time-Grammy-nominee Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band will bring Latin jazz to a free concert in Washington Square Park on Saturday September 25. “A force of nature” (Jazz Times), the Band is part of the rich downtown history of salsa meets jazz long celebrated by Art D’Lugoff at the Village Gate and later at Le Poisson Rouge. The ultimate feel-good music, it’s just what the doctor ordered for a festival that aims to rally the Village – so come dance in the streets to an afternoon of terrific music with some very special guests. Among them will be David Amram, Artist Emeritus of The Village Trip.

David Del Tredici: photo Susan Johann
David Del Tredici: photo Susan Johann

The Village Trip 2021 promises something for every taste and every age. On Tuesday September 21, Judson Church will host a special performance of Eve Beglarian’s opening movement to Earth Requiem: A Choral Tapestry Honoring Our Earth, commissioned by artist Diana Wege. Both women live and work in the Village, as do composers Harold Meltzer and David Del Tredici, whose music will fill the sanctuary of St John’s in the Village on Thursday September 23 and Friday 24.

At the historic Bitter End, the festival will celebrate two very different aspects of Village music history: On Saturday September 25, guitar quartet Bodies Electric will showcase the music of Edgard Varèse, and Frank Zappa and the Psychedelic Circus while on Sunday September 26, Sing Out! an all-star celebration of the New York folk revival will bring this year’s festival to a close.

There will be busking, readings, discussions, and events for children, plus a concert by the young students at The Third Street Music School Settlement. There’s also a full program of walks and talks, among them:

  • Bill Groom, production designer for the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, will lead a walking tour of the Village, noting places in the neighborhood shown in the series
  • Bill Goldstein, who is writing a biography of playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer, will talk about work on that book at the NYC AIDS Memorial
  • Public historian Kathleen Hulser will lead a tour focusing on the “Bad, Rad, and Boho Women of the Village”
  • Brad Gooch will talk about his novel Smash Cut, set in the Village of the 1970s and ‘80s
  • Jesse Rifkin of Walk On the Wild Side will lead two tours exploring the rich history of music in the Village

“This year, The Village Trip will have special resonance and meaning, as the neighborhood recovers from Covid and looks to the future. As a Village resident, I know we all need the chance to remember what we’ve been through and celebrate where we are headed.”

Clifford Pearson, Joint Artistic Director of the festival

 

David Amram opens Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square 2019
David Amram opens Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square 2019

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Earth Requiem: A Choral Tapestry Honoring Our Earth

Judson Memorial Church 5 Washington Square South, New York

A unique opportunity to experience Eve Beglarian’s opening movement of Earth Requiem: A Choral Tapestry Honoring Our Earth, a site-specific art installation with live choirs and chamber orchestra conceived by […]

A Celebration of the Music of Harold Meltzer

St John’s in the Village 218 W 11th St, New York

A celebration of the music of Harold Meltzer. With soprano Elizabeth Farnum, members of Cygnus – Calvin Wiersma, violin; Susannah Chapman, cello; and Oren Fader and William Anderson, guitars – and […]

A Celebration of the Music of David Del Tredici

St John’s in the Village 218 W 11th St, New York

A concert of piano music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. Marc Peloquin has worked extensively with Del Tredici, who has composed music especially for the pianist. This concert […]

The Third Street Music School Settlement

St John’s in the Village 218 W 11th St, New York

A musical journey through Greenwich Village, from the 1800s to the present day: a concert by young musicians from The Third Street Music School Settlement, America’s longest-running community school.

Bodies Electric

The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street, New York

Bodies Electric celebrate the music of Edgard Varèse, and Frank Zappa and the Psychedelic Circus.

Sing Out!

The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street, New York

Sing Out! – an all-star celebration of the New York folk revival at the Bitter End, New York’s oldest rock club, founded in 1961.

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Chamber bets on The Village Trip festival, pop-up art, shopping promo to reboot foot traffic:

“Art, shopping, music and cultural history are the keys to bringing foot traffic back to the Village, the local chamber of commerce says.”

Read the full article in The Village Sun