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

TWO-WEEK FESTIVAL PROGRAM: SEPTEMBER 14 THROUGH 28, 2024

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The Village Trip on West 4th Street

West 4th Street between Sixth Avenue and Barrow Street West 4th Street, New York, United States

The festival’s traditional opening block party takes place this year on West 4th Street, “New York’s Left Bank,” centered around the historic Music Inn, a Village fixture for more than half a century, and a hangout for the many musicians who played down the street at Gerdes Folk City and the Bottom Line.

Free

The Colors of My Life – A Cy Coleman Songbook
Janis Siegel & Yaron Gershovsky

Marking the 20th anniversary of Cy Coleman’s death and the release of Janis Siegel and Yaron Gershovsky’s acclaimed new album, this concert will be an unmissable celebration of the composer of such immortal classics as “Witchcraft,” “Rhythm of Life,” “The Best is Yet to Come” – and “The Colors of My Life.”
Venue and times to be confirmed.

$30

Lead Belly: The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll @ 4pm and 7:30pm

The Loft at City Winery 11th Avenue at 15th Street, New York, NY, United States

The New York City première of Curt Hahn’s authorized documentary Lead Belly: The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll, which explores the extraordinary journey of music icon Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, one of the most influential figures in 20th-century popular music. As George Harrison once put it: "No Lead Belly, no Beatles."

Two shows 4pm and 7:30pm

$25 – $35

In Memory of Sean Satin

Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow Street, New York, NY, United States

Composers Concordance presents a concert in memory of Sean Satin as part of The Village Trip Festival. The event celebrates the life of guitarist Sean Satin, who passed away too soon in April 2024. Sean was a guitarist and a teacher at Greenwich House in the West Village, a dear friend, husband, and all-around beautiful person. During the concert, Composers Concordance will launch The Sean Satin Memorial Prize for Guitar.

Free

The Music of the Bard: Words & Music of Shakespeare in the Park 1956-1967

The Public Theater at Joe's Pub 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place), NY, United States

“We have public libraries. Why not public theaters?” said Joseph Papp, facing down Robert Moses, New York City’s infamous “power broker,” when the New York Theater Workshop was just two years old. This year marks the 70th birthday of what became Shakespeare in the Park, which we celebrate with David Amram who, from 1956 to 1967, composed the music for 25 of its productions. Gail Merrifield Papp, Joe’s widow and theatrical partner for 25 years, will be among the friends joining him for this unique evening. 

$30

Talkin’ Greenwich Village: The Heady Rise and Slow Fall of America’s Bohemian Music Capital
David Browne in conversation with Liz Thomson

La Lanterna di Vittorio 129 MacDougal Street, New York, NY, United States

A publication-day conversation with Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne, whose latest book, Talkin' Greenwich Village: The Heady Rise and Slow Fall of America’s Bohemian Music Capital – based on 150 interviews and previously unseen documents – is an enthralling and long-overdue history of music’s most influential neighborhood. And what better place for an intimate chat than the fabled MacDougal Street coffeehouse that was once home to Pete and Toshi Seeger!

$10 – $40

Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock: A Celebration in Music

Salmagundi Club 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Georgia O'Keeffe described music as being able to be "translated into something for the eye.” This unique concert features music inspired of by three of New York City’s most iconic artists, all of whom lived and worked in Greenwich Village and shared the heartbeat of the city: Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock. The concert – presented in partnership with Cutting Edge Concerts – takes place in an elegant art-filled Italianate townhouse that for over 150 years has been home to one of New York City’s most celebrated arts clubs.

$20 – $30

The Village Trip Lecture: Ruth Feldstein – Performing Politics in the Village: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

Jefferson Market Library 425 6th Avenue, NY, United States

The third annual Village Trip lecture will be given by Ruth Feldstein, Professor of History and American Studies at Rutgers University and award-winning author of How It Feels To Be Free, which provided the basis for a 2020 PBS documentary produced by Alicia Keys that examined Black women performers who played critical roles in political and social activism.

Free

American Primitive & Inventors of Genius Weekend

The Village, long home to many musical innovators, has always pushed the boundaries of arts, activism, and ideas. This year, The Village Trip is proud to welcome musical scholars and composers from twelve countries to give talks, demonstrations, lecture recitals and concerts touching on American Primitive and those "inventors of genius" who changed the conversation. Come be part of it.

Microtonal Village Conference, hosted by composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila American Primitive & Inventors of Genius Weekend

Composers and musicologists from around the world gather to present their music and thoughts on the microtonality of American Primitive and other new directions, with attention to developments in Greenwich Village through visionaries like Cage, Harrison and Partch. Agustín Castilla-Ávila—a tireless advocate for composers around the world who are exploring new and old tuning systems, and President of the Ekmelic Society of Salzburg—will preside.

Free

Aché! Bobby Sanabria & Ascensión @ 7pm and 9pm

Teatro Latea at The Clemente 107 Suffolk St Suite#413, New York, NY, United States

The Village Trip welcomes back the inimitable Bobby Sanabria, Nuyorican drummer extraordinaire, who had thousands of people dancing to the beat of his Multiverse Big Band in Washington Square Park at the grand finale of our 2021 festival. At The Clemente, Bobby will be joined by Ascensión, a vibrant musical laboratory exploring the rich and diverse cultural and spiritual roots of Afro-Latin jazz. Expect an unforgettable high-energy evening of musical fireworks!
Two shows 7pm and 9pm

$25 – $35

John Schneider American Primitive & Inventors of Genius Weekend

Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow Street, New York, NY, United States

Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Schneider explores another side of the Greenwich Village music scene, looking at works by the intrepid Harry Partch and Lou Harrison and others and their engagement in world music and the "American Primitive”. Schneider's work is "of a caliber that kept this listener in a state of continuous astonishment" Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times.

$17.50 – $25

Eliza Garth: Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage American Primitive & Inventors of Genius Weekend

St Mark’s in the Bowery 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY, United States

Pianist Eliza Garth performs Sonatas and Interludes, John Cage’s 1947 masterpiece for prepared piano, a composition regarded as a formative piano work of the 20th Century. St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery is known and loved as a gathering place for innovative musicians, dancers, and poets, including Allen Ginsberg and Cage.

$17.50 – $25

William Bland: Village Maverick American Primitive & Inventors of Genius Weekend

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

Kevin Gorman, praised for his “passion, technical facility and explosive tonality,” (Fanfare Magazine) is a champion of the piano music of maverick composer, poet, painter William Bland. He has performed and recorded Bland's epic cycle of piano sonatas for Bridge Records to great acclaim.

$15 – $20

The Village Trip GuitarFest 24: Microtonal Village American Primitive & Inventors of Genius Weekend

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

GuitarFest 24 expands on American Primitive, with the wildly inventive Ictus Novus, the Curtis Guitar Quartet, soprano Sharon Harms, and many of New York’s best guitarists. It features music by American Primitives John Fahey, and Julián Carrillo and works by Paul Lansky, Kyle Miller, David Amram, Agustín Castilla-Ávila, and Gary Philo, among others.

$20 – $30

Stoned Soul Picnic: Diane Garisto & The Laura Nyro Project

The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, United States

Sidewalk and pigeon, you look like a city, but you feel like religion to me – Laura Nyro, in her album New York Tendaberry


Laura Nyro was “the very essence of New York City in the most passionate, romantic, and ethereal sense,” said Bette Midler, inducting Nyro into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. At the historic Bitter End, to which Nyro was no stranger, Diane Garisto and the Stoned Soul Picnic band celebrate her remarkable legacy.

$25 – $30

Janis Siegel and Friends: Something to Live For – Celebrating the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

The music of Edward Kennedy Ellington and William Thomas Strayhorn has long been a staple of both the Great American Songbook and the jazz lexicon. This program of lovingly curated music contains some cherished classics, such as “Mood Indigo,” “Prelude to A Kiss,” and “Take The ‘A’ Train,” but also delves into some of the "deeper cuts" like “Star-Crossed Lovers,” “Absinthe (Lament for An Orchid),” and “Johnny Come Lately.”
Venue and times to be confirmed.

$30

Quattro Mani American Primitive & Inventors of Genius Weekend

Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow Street, New York, NY, United States

Renowned duo pianists Susan Grace and Steven Beck perform works by Lou Harrison, John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, John Adams and Fred Lerdahl who, with linguist Ray Jackendoff, developed the Chomsky-inspired generative theory of tonal music, an endeavor inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s Norton Lectures, given at Harvard in 1973.

$17.50 – $25

The Parting Glass – A Drop of the Irish

The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, United States

The Irish have long played a significant part in New York City history and this roof-raising celebration of Irish music will honour the memory of two of its champions who passed away recently: Mick Moloney, instrumentalist and Professor of Music at NYU, and singer and scholar Dan Milner. The concert will be followed by a session next door at Wicked Willy’s – everyone invited to bring their instruments or sing.

$25 – $30

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

Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY, United States

Almost 40 years after his death, the words of James Baldwin are ever more resonant, speaking powerfully to us about culture, faith, race, justice, and identity. This celebration of Baldwin’s centennial honors his remarkable legacy with readings directed by actor and playwright Daniel Carlton, plus performances of the jazz, blues and gospel Baldwin listened to as he wrote, as well as new music by Julian Hornik and Nehemiah Luckett inspired by the novels Giovanni’s Room and Another Country.

$25.00

Stand Up & Be Counted! The Village Trip Comedy Night

The Grisly Pear 107 Macdougal Street, New York, NY, United States

A great night of comedy featuring some of the best popular and up-and-coming comic talents in the New York area.

$15 – $20

From the Courtyard

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

“Art preserves life in a very special way. Our memories die with us, but art preserves the values and experiences” – Undine Smith Moore

From the Courtyard first recreates the sounds of an 1890s tenement courtyard, shared by multicultural immigrant families, then moves into the concert hall to hear how the rich legacy of folk music inspired later generations of composers. The concert features premieres by Leo Brouwer and Clarice Assad.
Presented in cooperation with the Tenement Museum.

$20 – $30

Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square

Garibaldi Plaza Washington Square Park, New York, NY, United States

The Village Trip’s signature free concert in Washington Square Park this year celebrates girl power and sister acts! We are thrilled to welcome Tish and Snooky, glam punk rock legends of the Lower East Side; Janie Barnett, acclaimed as both session singer and Americana soloist; and BETTY, the indie rock trio who are Gloria Steinem’s favorite band. A program that’s as diverse as the Village itself.

Free

World Central Kitchen Fundraiser

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

World Central Kitchen is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. We, as artists, support this non-profit organization with our music and poetry, helping to raise awareness and money for their worthy cause by organizing this event and inviting everyone to join us in supporting World Central Kitchen. 
Presented by Composers Concordance in association with The Village Trip.

$25 – $30

 

WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE TRIP 2024

Two weeks of hi-jinks and high ideals, a rainbow-coloured, family-friendly festival to energize and honor a truly unique neighborhood to which America and the world owes so much. A community festival for a global village that was the forge in which so much of our culture was hammered out, and where so many shape-shifting movements that have helped change all our lives began.

Welcome to the sixth Village Trip where you will meet old friends and new whose performances will entrance and delight; make you dance and make you laugh; pique your interest and tickle your fancy. Perhaps make you see things in a new light. Our programs aim to shine a light on hidden figures and bring into focus the people whose lives and work crossed on Downtown’s crooked streets.

As is now tradition, two free outdoor events bookend our 15-day extravaganza. We open with a block party on West 4th Street at Music Inn with David Amram, Avram Pengas, The Fightscuffs and a host of friends, and close in Washington Square Park with BETTY, Janie Barnett and Tish and Snookie. Be there!

In the intervening days, we celebrate the life and legacy of Lead Belly with the New York premiere of Curt Hahn’s acclaimed documentary. We dip into the songbooks of Cy Coleman, and Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with two concerts by the inimitable Janis Siegel, while Diane Garisto and Stoned Soul Picnic take us on a journey of exploration of the music of Laura Nyro. And we present the best of Latin jazz with Bobby Sanabria and Ascención.

We honor the 70th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park with a concert featuring selections of the music composed for its first 12 years by David Amram, who will be sharing the stage with Gail Papp. Playwright Daniel Carlton directs The Village Trip’s centennial tribute to writer and activist James Baldwin.

Professor Ruth Feldstein addresses the subject of “Performing Politics in the Village: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement” in the third annual Village Trip Lecture, and we mark the publication of Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne’s groundbreaking book Talkin' Greenwich Village: The Heady Rise and Slow Fall of America’s Bohemian Music Capital with an author interview and discussion.

There’s much more still to come, including tours and talks, a grand evening of Irish music celebrating the lives and groundbreaking work of Mick Moloney and Dan Milner. And stay tuned for an exciting and creative kids’ and family program. We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of the professional singer-songwriters who will lead Our Pride Voices at this free event.

Not all events are open for booking quite yet, so check back if what you want is not yet on sale. But we can promise that after five great Village Trips, this sixth festival won’t disappoint. As the great Cy Coleman famously put it, “The best is yet to come.”

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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.

GoFundMe campaign for Our Pride Voices Songwriting Workshops

Coming soon Amy Blake’s exciting and creative kids’ and family program. We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of the professional singer-songwriters who will lead Our Pride Voices at this free event.

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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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