Lots of MUSIC and WALKING TOURS this WEEKEND

Come be part of it – join the fun, support local businesses.

Because, as we know, it takes a village.

The Village Trip

New York City AIDS Memorial
David Amram
walking tour
opening event audience
Earth Requiem

Free Concert in the Park

Saturday, September 25, 4pm-7pm Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square, with

Bobby Sanabria and His Multiverse Big Band plus friends and special guests, including Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer

Bobby Sanabria and His Multiverse Big Band

Upcoming Events

Book tickets now online to be sure of your place. We will be selling tickets at the door, if places are available.

Today

Painting the Village: The Village Trip Arts Walk with a Village Artist

Washington Square Washington Square Park, New York

Join historian, painter, filmmaker, performance artist and exuberant raconteur Marc Kehoe for a stroll through the artist's Greenwich Village, birthplace of American Modern Art. Greenwich Village, has spawned more influential […]

$20 – $25

Walk on the Wild Side: The Birth of Punk

NYU D'agostino Hall 110 West 3rd Street, New York

Music historian Jesse Rifkin traces the development of the city's punk scene, from Andy Warhol's discovery of the Velvet Underground in the mid-'60s through the early-'70s glam rock scene and […]

$25 – $30

Walking Tour with David Amram: Sixty-five Joyous Years in the Village

Washington Square Washington Square Park, New York

A truly unique opportunity to join Village Trip Artist Emeritus David Amram on a walk through his own gilded and colorful life. Photo shows Larry Rivers, Jack Kerouac, David Amram, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso.

$35 – $40

Sing Out! The Village Trip Hootenanny

The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street, New York

This event will also be livestreamed.
A glorious finale to The Village Trip! Join Christine Lavin and friends David Buskin and Robin Batteau, David Massengill, Hannah Reimann, Michele Temple and of course David Amram, Artist Emeritus of the festival, for the now-traditional Village Trip hoot, a celebration of the New York folk revival and its rich and enduring heritage.

$10 – $25.00

 

THE VILLAGE TRIP FESTIVAL

More than 30 events and over 50 performers at venues across the Village. A nine-day festival
Saturday, September 18 through Sunday, September 26, 2021
celebrating the glorious community of Greenwich Village and all it has given the world.

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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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Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer joins Free Concert in the Park line-up

Janis SiegelJanis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer will be the special guest of Latin Jazz and Salsa legend Bobby Sanabria and his 21-piece Multiverse Big Band in Washington Square Park. A free concert, Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square takes place on Saturday, September 25 at Garibaldi Plaza in the Park.

The ten-time Grammy-winning singer is a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer and also enjoys an illustrious solo career. Janis said:

“I love singing with Bobby’s big band, especially in the playground of my teen years, Washington Square Park, for the people of my neighborhood (and others of course!) and to celebrate the rich cultural and intellectual heritage of Greenwich Village. Bobby and the Multiverse are a powerful force for good and I am proud and happy to raise my voice with them. I was born and grew up in Brooklyn, but the Village was a major factor in my life. As a teenage musician, I performed at Folk City, Kenny’s Castaways, and the Gaslight Café. I’ve been happily living in the West Village since 1981.”

Sanabria observed:

“Our concert will celebrate the Village’s legacy of culture and creativity, especially its rich history with the Puerto Rican community, which started with tobacco workers settling there in the early 20th century and continuing with the Newrican Village and Nuyorican Poets Café.”

“And I’m deeply honored that Janis Siegel, the Queen of Brooklyn, has agreed to join me Da’ Bronx Beatmaster for the gig.”

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.

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: Wake Up, 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.

We are privileged also to feature the world première performance of Prelude, Prayer and Dance for Unaccompanied Viola by David Amram, Artist Emeritus of The Village Trip. Written for Consuelo Sherba, this new piece will form a unique double bill at Judson, with Earth Requiem.

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:

  • David Amram, will lead a walk through the haunts and hangouts that mark his 65 years in the Village, his personal and professional friendships with a roll-call of legendary musicians and writers. A truly unique opportunity.
  • Bill Groom, production designer for the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, will give an illustrated talk about the neighborhood featured 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

The Village Trip Mission Statement

To uplift, to entertain and to celebrate the arts for all New Yorkers, their families and all people from around the world who come to visit New York City’s special oasis, Greenwich Village.