In collaboration with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
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6:30PM Presentation by Stephen Petrus
8PM Bert Lee
8:45PM Erik Frandsen
9:30PM David Massengill
In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased stalwarts like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Stephen Petrus literally wrote the book on the topic and curated a recent multi-media exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. In the iconic Caffe Vivaldi, join Stephen for an illustrated presentation that traces the roots of the revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s. Caffe Vivaldi has nurtured upcoming and established musicians for over thirty years, and the space is replete with music heritage of its own. Three live music performances will follow Stephen’s talk and you’re encouraged to stay and enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the café. A full menu and bar will be available all night, both during and after Stephen’s presentation.