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

The Village Trip 2024 will run from September 14 through 28.


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February 5, 2024, was indeed a fab, gear and groovy evening at the Loft at City Winery where a sell-out audience – from as far away as California – listened with rapt attention to the conversation between legendary radio personality Bruce Morrow and author Jamie Bernstein, and cheered Amiri and Rahiem Taylor, the twins of Blac Rabbit, as though they really were John and Paul.


It Was 60 Years Ago Today: A Beatles Conversation with Cousin Brucie and Jamie Bernstein, the first of The Village Trip’s quarterly events, kicked off a week of New York City-wide celebrations marking The Beatles’ first landing in America and their epoch-making appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, watched by 73 million people – including the entire Maestro Bernstein clan. Amiri and Rahiem weren’t yet born and feel they missed out on all the fun of Beatlemania.

Jamie, as big a fan of Cousin Brucie as she is of The Beatles themselves, was in fine form, onstage and off. In the Green Room before the show, she led a Beatles singalong, joyously playing air guitar, harmonica, and drums. On stage, she and Brucie brought their own memories and perspectives to the conversation, each from his or her own side of the transistor radio – the equivalent in 1964 of a cell phone! Their chat – and the exhilarating Blac Rabit sets that bookended it – held the audience spellbound.


Welcoming that audience was a greeting from Jon Keats and Bill Heckle at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles got started: “The Beatles played here 292 times between 1961 and 1963. They actually made their debut here on the 9th February 1961 and it was a mere three years later, on the same date, that they made their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show… New York and Liverpool, two great historic cities united by The Beatles!”

The Q&A after the conversation covered a lot of ground – from how “The Beatles Are Coming” campaign unfolded, to what “the boys” themselves were actually like, and of course how it felt to be inside The Beatles’ bubble. Outside the bubble, fans did crazy things—such as hiding themselves in laundry baskets to try and infiltrate the band’s hotel suite, and asking a woman in a neighboring building if they could climb out her bathroom window and somehow reach the Beatles’ hotel room on the other side of a perilous drop. And how John O’Connor, the hotel’s chief engineer disabled The Beatles TV (in those far-off days there was a bulb in the back) so he would be summoned to repair it and have the opportunity to get their autographs for the little girl who lived next door to him in the Bronx. That little girl, Nancy Stern, now all grown up, was in the audience to recall the story! Then there was Merle Frimark, now a celebrated publicity agent who, as a teenager, got herself a job at 1501 Broadway – The Beatles’ US office – to help handle the truckloads of fan mail and later, to call Cashbox, Record World and Billboard to get the chart reports and then Telex them to London. Occasionally, someone in the studio would Telex back! Nor should we forget the excitement of the demos that arrived routinely.


The Today Show team was on hand to interview Jamie and the Cuz before the event, and Les Marshak, the "voice" of The Today Show and other NBC programs, was in the audience to made introductions from the floor. Three days later, NBC aired its eight-minute Beatles feature on The Today Show.


If you weren’t lucky enough to be at City Winery, you can watch the complete recording of It Was 60 Years Ago Today: A Beatles Conversation with Cousin Brucie and Jamie Bernstein  below, and check out The Today Show interview with Harry Smith. And here’s Lincoln Anderson’s report from The Village Sun.

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Jamie Kalikow Gallery of the Event

Jamie Kalikow is a New York City-based photographer specializing in music and street photography. She graduated from Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in photojournalism. Directly after graduating, she moved to Greenwich Village and has maintained an apartment on Bleecker Street since 1979. From the late 1970s till the present, she has photographed the streets of New York City and in the last decade photographed and videotaped over a thousand NYC music events.

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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.



You can catch up on anything you missed (or relive the experience!) via The Village Trip YouTube channel, which includes, in addition to short films, a full recording of Terri Thal and Friends at the Bitter End and last year’s much-acclaimed all-star reading-with-music of On the Road.

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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 Downtown Manhattan’s special oases, Greenwich Village and the East Village.

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