Monday, October 27, 2014

Mike Porco 100th- MORE photos

here's a few more shots from the great concert held last Thursday.
Mark Cohen

Lydia Adams Davis

Vincent T. Vok

Roland Mousaa, David Amram

David Amram, Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin

Willie Nininger

Randy Burns

Bev Grant

Rob Stoner

David Amram

David Amram, Rob Stoner

David Massengill

Finale

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MIKE PORCO's Legacy Lives

The Mike Porco Centennial Concert came and went. Last night, the Towne Crier in Beacon, NY hosted a celebration of the music and community cultivated at Gerde's Folk City and Greenwich Village during its Golden Era. Eleven of Mike's past hired hands performed once again in his honor. It truly is my honor, as his grandson, to be able to call them my friends, as well. Thanks to today's version of Mike Porco- Phil Ciganer- for keeping his club alive and thriving with the same spirit once felt in the Village. And THANKS to the musicians for sharing their time and unmatched skill with us.
~Bob Porco

PS- Several minutes of Positively Porco was well received but only because it's awesome.

Mark Cohen

Lydia Adams Davis

Vincent T. Vok

Roland Mousaa

Bob Porco

David Amram

Roland Mousaa, David Amram


David Amram, Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin

Yours truly, Willie Nininger

Willie Nininger

Randy Burns

Bev Grant

Rob Stoner

Rob Stoner

David Amram, Rob Stoner


David Massengill

David Massengill







Tuesday, October 7, 2014

MIKE PORCO CENTENNIAL CONCERT Artist Lineup

Mike Porco owned Gerde's Restaurant, an Italian eatery situated in Greenwich Village east of Washington Square on West 4th Street. On January 26, 1960, Gerde's turned into a music venue in cooperation with Izzy Young, the director of the Folklore Center. GERDE'S FOLK CITY then became the unlikely epicenter of a global music paradigm shift.

During Mike Porco’s stewardship (1960-1980) the club hosted early performances by a constellation of Folk Music stars – notably, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins and José Feliciano.

Folk City's distinctive fraternity of such aspiring young artists and legendary recording stars borders on myth. Gerde's was where the cross-fertilization of different styles and musical eras forged important links in the chain of American musical history.

In his autobiography, Bob Dylan called Gerde's "the preeminent Folk club in America." Rolling Stone's Book of Lists called Folk City one of the three top music venues in the world, along with The Cavern and CBGB.





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POSITIVELY PORCO is a star-studded documentary film under production. It chronicles the 1960’s Folk and Blues Revival as it was experienced at a place many musicians called HOME.

Hosted by Porco's grandson, the Mike Porco 100th Birthday Anniversary concert will act as a reunion and celebration of the music that emanated from the Village's golden era.

Live music performances by David Amram, Tom Chapin, Rob Stoner, David Massengill, Bev Grant, Mark Cohen, Lydia Adams Davis, Vince Martin, Vincent Vok, Roland Mousaa, Willie Nininger, Randy Burns and a couple of surprise guests will make Porco's 100th birthday a special evening. Director's cuts of POSITIVELY PORCO will be shown for good measure.

TICKETS:
http://townecc.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=178288&cart#fbShareLinkTag

Towne Crier
Website:
http://townecrier.com/

PORCO HQ:
http://folkcityatfifty.blogspot.com/

IMPORTANT:
Short clip of
Positively Porco will be shown at 7PM

Doors at 5

Music at 7:30


Saturday, September 27, 2014

MIKE PORCO CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION



Mike Porco owned Gerde's Restaurant, an Italian eatery situated in Greenwich Village east of Washington Square on West 4th Street. On January 26, 1960, Gerde's turned into a music venue in cooperation with Izzy Young, the director of the Folklore Center. GERDE'S FOLK CITY then became the unlikely epicenter of a global music paradigm shift.

During Mike Porco’s stewardship (1960-1980) the club hosted early performances by a constellation of Folk Music stars – notably, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins and José Feliciano.
Folk City's distinctive fraternity of such aspiring young artists and legendary recording stars borders on myth. Gerde's was where the cross-fertilization of different styles and musical eras forged important links in the chain of American musical history.
In his autobiography, Bob Dylan called Gerde's "the preeminent Folk club in America." Rolling Stone's Book of Lists called Folk City one of the three top music venues in the world, along with The Cavern and CBGB.

POSITIVELY PORCO is a star-studded documentary film under production. It chronicles the 1960’s Folk and Blues Revival as it was experienced at a place many musicians called HOME. 

Hosted by Porco's grandson, the Mike Porco 100th Birthday Anniversary concert will act as a reunion and celebration of the music that emanated from the Village's golden era.


Live music performances by David Amram, Tom Chapin, Rob Stoner, David Massengill and others will make the100th anniversary of Porco's birth a special evening. Director's cuts of POSITIVELY PORCO will be shown for good measure. 

7:30PM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
doors 6:30

379 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Folk City 50th Anniversary Guitar: Last Play



I've been reviving distant memories of my grandfather's club. It started with the 50th Anniversary. It continues today with the film. 
POSITIVELY PORCO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5O6T...

And thanks to a little help from friends, it continues. A new friend bought this guitar to bring the completion date closer. I had to play it one last time for fun. 

Gerde's Folk City 50th Anniversary guitar
Signed at 130 W.3rd St NYC June 7, 2010

1. David Massengill
2. Frank Caputo (Christian)
3. Happy Traum
4. Guy Davis
5. Willie Nininger
6. Jonathan Kalb
7. Nick Holmes
8. Erik Frandsen
9. The Dirty Birdies Jug Band (5 autographs)
10. Poez
11. Jack Hardy
12. Vincent Vok (inscribing: Thank you Bob P.)
13. Sylvia Tyson
14. Richard Chanel
15. Marilyn Kirby
16. Bob Horan
17. Eric Weissberg
18. Joe Virga
19. Terre Roche
20. Brian Rose
21. Dominic Chianese
22. Vince Martin
23. Lydia Adams Davis
24. Heather Wood
25. Biff Rose
26. Bev Grant
27. Steve Ben Israel
28. Victorio Roland Mousaa
29. Rod MacDonald
30. Mark Dann
31. Randy Burns

Monday, August 11, 2014

SNEAK PEEK of GERDE'S documentary August 22nd



The crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo will be over in a couple of days. If you want a $100 t-shirt, that's what I will give you. 

However, if YOU or SOMEONE you know wants to put their foot in the door and help me take Positively Porco to the finish line in style, NOW is the time!

Yes, I'm making it easy for someone to get an Executive Producer credit. All they have to do is join the club (and foot the bill). The door is open.  

My quest at the moment is to bring in professionals to make Positively Porco a world class film. I've been doing it all myself: The filming, the transcribing, the editing, the thinking…not that I want a pat on the back, I want a team!

With the right people, the sky is the limit. Wide theatrical release and world-wide unit distribution is the goal. Anything less will SUCK! Why bother? Do not connect me with producers who do not produce or people who are 'yeller about their mustard.' The meek shall inherit shit.

It's not your ordinary documentary. Yes, it will educate the world in the ways of the Porco clan, and yes it will educate Folk enthusiasts all about Gerde's, but the inspiring message will make you cheer. Musicians have a place in this world. Always have. Always will. The 'less' famous are all part of the whole. Someone watching this will one day change the world with a song.

Positively Porco is about Family with a capital 'F.' There's no secret handshake. No swearing in. No dress code. Dig?

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For those of you lucky enough to be within 100 miles of Ashokan, New York, you're invited to see a DIRECTOR'S CUT of Positively Porco on Friday, August 22nd at THE SUMMER HOOT.

I'll be there showing a clip entitled ''THE FIFTH PEG: Izzy Young brings music to Gerde's Restaurant.''

I'm the 11:15 act. The entire lineup is right here.
I'm honored to say that a couple of Mike Porco's friends will be performing that weekend. David Bromberg and John Cohen will be featured along with my friends and hosts Mike+Ruthy, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Robert Sarazin Blake, DB Leonard, Elizabeth Mitchell, Amy Helm and many others.

'The Hoot' series shows no signs of ever taking a hiatus. Here's another ground floor opportunity for you to experience a festival in its early years. Don't think twice!

Buy tickets. Stay the weekend. Folk yourself silly. It's beyond music.

AND you will get to witness a Positively Porco clip in a form NEVER to be seen again! Parts of it will have to be cut to make room for the rest of the greatest #Folkumentary you may ever see. 


Here are some images from the 'chunky-style' video about the origins of FOLK CITY