Celebrating the History, Heritage, and Future of Greenwich Village Culture Music | Poetry | Creative Writing | Social Justice Second Annual Festival, September 26 - 29, 2019
NEW YORK – Sept. 17, 2019 - The Village Trip festival returns for its second year, a four-day celebration of Greenwich Village - West and East - with its worldwide influence on music, theater, visual art, literature and poetry, genre bending performance, and social activism. The Village is where, a century before Starbucks, there was always music in the cafés at night and revolution in the air and where being “different” has always been something to celebrate. For the four festival days, September 26 – 29, the Village will be en fête, with bars, cafés and local stores offering special deals to Village Trippers.
Saturday, September 28 from 4pm to 7pm will be a free afternoon festival centerpiece concert at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park - Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square - featuring three-time Grammy® winner Steve Earle, renowned guitarist/composer Marc Ribot, and The Tall Pines with their special guests Tammy Faye Starlite and Mary Lee Kortes.
Steve Earle is a legendary songwriter and roots rocker who has made The Village his home for years. His latest album, Guy, honors the great influential songwriter Guy Clark. Marc Ribot is New York’s most original guitarist-composer, a brilliant and stylistically fearless performer and recording artist. Marc’s recent album, Songs of Resistance, features guest vocals by Steve Earle along with additional contributions from Fay Victor, Justin Vivian Bond, Meshell Ndegeocello, Sam Amidon, Tift Merritt, Tom Waits, Syd Straw, and Ohene Cornelius. The Tall Pines’ Christmas Davis and Connie Lynn Petruk are New York’s footstompin’ roots duo – appearing with two very special guests.
The late Izzy Young, who ensured it was possible to have music in the Park, will be honored at The Bitter End Thursday, September 26 at 7:30pm with an evening “hootenanny” of acoustic music hosted by Tom Chapin with Martha Redbone, Diana Jones, David Massengill and David Amram. The evening’s special guest is award-winning blues guitarist Rory Block, who grew up in the Village over the family store, Allan Block’s Sandal Shop, a social and musical mecca on West 4th Street.
Saturday, September 28 at 1pm at St. John’s in the Village (218 West 11th Street), stars of the classical world come together to play the Greenwich Village-inspired chamber music of David Amram, The Village Trip Artist Emeritus. At 85-years-old, Mr. Amram is a one-of-akind genre-bending virtuoso musician and composer. He was hand-picked by Leonard Bernstein as the New York Philharmonic’s first composer-in-residence in the late 1950s, received his first Oscar® nomination for his original score for the film The Manchurian Candidate, and through his deep friendship with Beat legends Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, became a fixture in that scene for decades as well.
Two more events are scheduled for Saturday evening, the first starting at 7pm at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). Acclaimed theater composer, songwriter, and musical actress Shaina Taub, appears in a special performance highlighting great music from The Public Theater’s vital theatrical legacy.
Following at 8pm, the School of Jazz at The New School (55 West 13th Street, 5th Floor) will present a free concert in the Jazz Performance Space featuring an all-star faculty ensemble joined by special surprise guests.
Sunday, September 29 at 2pm, Joe’s Pub presents a special performance by the virtuosic trio VickiKristinaBarcelona (acclaimed NYC songwriters-performers Rachelle Garnier, Amanda Homi, and Terry Radigan), twisting and turning the legacy of Tom Waits to their own devices.
At 7pm Sunday evening, legendary performer and ground-breaking stage performer and writer, Penny Arcade, returns to Joe’s Pub to present her new work, New York Values.
As a special festival lead-in on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30pm, The Village Trip and The Poetry Project (131 East 10th Street) join forces for a public reading with acclaimed writers Kate Colby and Liz Howard at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.
Additional poetry readings, writing seminars, social justice forums, and other festival events are detailed on The Village Trip website.
David Amram, who first came to Greenwich Village 70 years ago and who was Artist-inResidence at last year’s inaugural festival said, “Every city in the USA could use The Village Trip as a model for how to restore their own neighborhood pride, create family-friendly events and opportunities for artists of all genres to celebrate the glorious days of September and be of help to all remaining local businesses who can be helped by the crowds of people who come to attend! That spirit of creativity and congeniality that has been the hallmark of Greenwich Village is now celebrated by The Village Trip!”
For the full festival program, click HERE!