LESS THAN 30 DAYS TO LIFT-OFF!
The Village Trip – the annual festival celebrating the arts and music, history and heritage of Greenwich Village and its unique community – takes place from Saturday, September 18 through Sunday, September 26, 2021. Thirty events – music, walks, tours, and talks – across the Village. An exciting big-tent program with events for people of all ages and interests – and still a few surprises to announce!
Free Concert in the Park
Saturday, September 25: Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square, with
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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Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer joins Free Concert in the Park line-up
Janis 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.”
“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.
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.
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
Highlights of The Village Trip Progam in 2021
This event will also be livestreamed.
A unique opportunity to experience Eve Beglarian’s opening movement of Earth Requiem: Wake Up and the world première performance of Prelude, Prayer and Dance for Unaccompanied Viola by David Amram, Artist Emeritus of The Village Trip, commissioned for this year’s festival by the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. Performed by Consuelo Sherba.
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.