An Annual Festival Celebrating Arts and Activism across Greenwich Village and the East Village

Two Weeks: September 14 through 28, 2024

CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!

In just three months’ time, the opening of Framing the Village – The Village Trip art show heralds the start of The Village Trip 2024. Highlights were unveiled with a launch party at the historic Bitter End, attended by Village Trip performers and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine.

A cornucopia of events will take place at venues across Greenwich Village, the East Village and the Lower East Side, from September 14 through 28. The curtain goes up, though, on Framing the Village on September 5—a visual prelude to the festival as a whole. If you’re an artist and want to be part of the exhibition, you can submit work right now here. The theme this year is Identity.

The opening of the festival proper will be heralded by a block party on West 4th Street, “New York’s Left Bank,” on September 14. The afternoon event will be centered around the historic Music Inn, a Village fixture for more than half a century and a regular stop for the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and George Harrison. Back then, jam sessions would include musicians hanging out at Allan Block’s Sandal Shop next door. Allan was a keen fiddler, and his daughter Rory, who played at our 2019 festival, is an award-winning blues guitarist. Our afternoon-long event will be built around Village Trip Artist Emeritus David Amram and will draw on Music Inn’s regular roster of performers who still gather in the store for weekly sessions.

The festival will close as usual with The Village Trip’s signature free concert in Washington Square Park, which this year features Tish and Snooky, Janie Barnett, and BETTY, Gloria Steinem’s favorite band, who were due to perform last year but stormy weather forced us to cancel the concert. It’s an all-female line-up and includes two sister acts! Girl Power! Wouldn’t all those pioneering Village women be thrilled!

In between, we will be presenting a rich and varied program of free and low-priced family-friendly, rainbow-colored events – folk, rock, jazz and classical music; walks and talks; and a children’s program, details of which are to follow.

Joint Artist Directors Liz Thomson and Cliff Pearson said:

“This year's Village Trip is going to rock the Village--both East and West. We’re thrilled to be adding the Blue Note to our roster of partner venues, and starting a relationship with The Clemente, which extends our reach in the Lower East Side and the Latino communities there.

“We are honored to be working with the Lead Belly family for the New York City premiere of the documentary Lead Belly: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, and with Gail Papp, who will join us once more when David Amram presents an evening of music he composed for Joe Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park.”

There’s much more to come, including details of James Baldwin 100, a series of events which will look both backward and forward, using new music by contemporary composers and Baldwin's own words to celebrate his centennial. Chiming with that, Professor Ruth Feldstein’s Village Trip Lecture will reflect on Black women entertainers and their role in the Civil Rights movement.

William Anderson and Joan Forsyth, who preside over the festival’s Classical and New Music program, added:

“Downtown’s history of classical music is rich and vibrant. The Academy of Music and the first Steinway Hall were on 14th Street, near where Dvorak began his New World symphony. Gershwin grew up on the Lower East Side. And Astor Piazzola birthed modern tango on East 9th Street and in Little Italy. The scene is no less vibrant today, with four flourishing music schools and hosts of young musicians following in the footsteps of the many who went before them.

“Once again, our Classical and New Music Program will connect past and present, exploring and celebrating the Village, East and West, as an artistic gathering place where musical forms and ideas collide in languages as varied as those spoken on its crooked streets. As always it will be an exhilarating ride.”

Mark your calendars, tell your friends! The Village Trip 2024 will soon be upon us – bookings will open in early July.

And please consider a donation. The Village Trip is a 501c3 organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible. Whatever you can give, it is much appreciated.

THE VILLAGE TRIP FESTIVAL 2024

We are thrilled to unveil the poster for this year’s festival, which once again features specially commissioned work by Village-based artist Marc Kehoe. Marc is also the curator of Framing the Village, the third annual Village Trip art exhibition, for which entries are now open.

The poster will be made available for downloading so festival venues and partners can promote their events, and The Village Trip as a whole.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lead Belly: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll

    The NYC premiere of Curt Hahn’s insightful & star-studded documentary plus discussion with members of the Lead Belly family  |  Loft at City Winery

  • The Music of the Bard: A Celebration of Shakespeare in the Park at 70

    With David Amram & Gail Papp  |  Joe’s Pub

  • Bobby Sanabria & Friends

    Groove to the best of Latin jazz  |  The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center

  • The Village Trip Lecture: Performing Politics in in the Village – Black Women Entertainers & the Civil Rights Movement

    Professor Ruth Feldstein (pictured)   |  Jefferson Market Library

  • Janis Siegel & Friends

    The Colors of My Life: A Celebration of Cy Coleman, featuring pianist and arranger Yaron Gershovsky   |  Blue Note

    Something to Live For: Celebrating Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, featuring John di Martino on keyboards  |  Blue Note

  • Talkin' Greenwich Village – The Village Music Scene

    Author David Browne in conversation with Liz Thomson  |  La Lanterna

  • Our FREE concert in Washington Square Park

    Featuring BETTY, Tish & Snooky, and Janie Barnett

  • Go Tell It On the Mountain: James Baldwin in Words and Music

    A centennial celebration of the great essayist, novelist, playwright, poet and civil rights activist. A unique presentation of new music inspired by his words, plus readings from some of his most celebrated work

The Village Trip poster 2024
  • Stoned Soul Picnic: The Laura Nyro Project

    Celebrating the art & soul of the singer-songwriter Bette Midler called “the essence of New York City” | Bitter End

  • Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe & Jackson Pollock: A Celebration in Music

    New works by John Musto, Jennifer Higdon & Victoria Bond | Salmagundi Club

  • American Primitive

    John Schneider headlines the annual GuitarFest, focusing on Harry Partch & Lou Harrison, their Greenwich Village Connections, and their world

  • The Parting Glass: A Drop of the Irish

    A roof-raising celebration of Irish music in honor of two of its late great New York proponents, Mick Moloney and Dan Milner | Bitter End

  • From the Courtyard

    This concert will transport you to a 1890s LES tenement courtyard for the distinctive mix of cultures & music that so influenced later generations of composers

  • Framing the Village: The Village Trip Art Show

    This year’s theme: Identity  |  Moshava Gallery
    To enter, view the Call for Entries page

James Baldwin
Lead Belly
The Laura Nyro Project
Ruth Feldstein photograph

There are still lots more goodies to come before we unveil the entire two-week program in the first week of July. Full details of each event – dates, venues, times – will then be available, along with the booking links, via our new ticketing partner Humanitix.

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 Our Mission

To celebrate the cultural legacy of Greenwich Village and the East Village/Lower East Side, energizing their spirit of art and social activism for a new era.

Call for Entries: Framing the Village Exhibition 2024

Call for entries for a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, and photography on the theme of Identity. How has the Village/ East Village formed you, shaped your identity? All mediums including photography are welcome. The exhibition is being curated by long-time Village artist Marc Kehoe. Deadline Monday, July 1, 2024. Read more >>

Images: Marc Kehoe/Dan Connelly/NYPL

REVIEW OF THE VILLAGE TRIP IN 2023

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Check out these videos by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Veronica Vigil

Catch up with the growing collection of Village Trip “shorts” on our dedicated
YouTube channel. Just released: Let Freedom Ring, an evocative film capturing key moments in our acclaimed multimedia theater piece honoring the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington by award-winning filmmaker Veronica Vigil.

 FESTIVAL PARTNERS

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This project is made possible in part with funds from Creative Engagement, a regrant program supported by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the City Council; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).

The Village Trip Mission Statement

To celebrate the cultural legacy of Greenwich Village and the East Village/Lower East Side, energizing their spirit of art and social activism for a new era.

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