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Folk City -50th anniversary of opening

WFDU - Ron Olesko 23 May 10 - 12:40 PM
Mark Ross 23 May 10 - 01:52 PM
Acme 13 Jun 10 - 11:30 AM
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Subject: Folk City -50th anniversary of opening
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 23 May 10 - 12:40 PM

While the club is no longer in existence, the club still holds a special place in the hearts of folkies.    On today's edition of my radio show, my guest will be Bob Porco, grandson of original Folk City owner Mike Porco.   Bob is writing a book on his grandfather and the club, and he is also producing a special "reunion" concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening. Mike Porco turned a little neighborhood Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village into a mecca for folkies.

WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS can be heard from 3 to 6pm ET, and the show will be streaming live on our website - and archived for two weeks - at

Bob will be on during the second hour.

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Subject: RE: Folk City -50th anniversary of opening
From: Mark Ross
Date: 23 May 10 - 01:52 PM

Tell Bob that I remember his grandfather most fondly, who gave me my 1st professional gig(aside from playing the basket houses). It was opening act and MC for Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry back in 1967. I was paid $5, a bottle of beer and a sandwich.

Mark Ross

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Subject: RE: Folk City -50th anniversary of opening
From: Acme
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 11:30 AM

My friend in Greenwich Village sent a link to a blog about this:

Today's entry.

Here's the Gerdes Folk City at 50 blog.


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