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Jul222012

CLUB 47 CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY, 1967

 

I found this at a flea market in New Hampshire. It's the February, 1967 calendar for the historic Boston folk venue Club 47.  Now known as Club Passim, it remains one of the premier listening rooms in the country.  I've played Passim several times myself, and have been to many concerts there-- but even knowing the illustrious history of this legendary room, it's still amazing to see such a line-up.  

Taken as a whole, this calendar is a snap-shot of a remarkable time and place.  And, taken individually, each person on the calendar has their own remarkable story that fits into the history of contemporary music.  

For example, here's Tom Paxton sharing a picnic table with Pete Seeger:

Sandy Bull was a best-known as a traditional fingerstyle guitarist, but here he is on a Vanguard duo record he did with jazz drummer Billy Higgins:

Reverend Gary Davis was one of the all-time giants of fingerstyle blues guitar.  Ry Cooder, Jorma Kaukonen, Stephan Grossman and countless others studied with him.  I learned a lot of my fingerstyle concepts from his records.

The Chambers Brothers had their biggest hit in 1967 with "Time Has Come Today".  Here's a wonderful version of "People Get Ready".  I'm still working on figuring out why the guitarist is sitting in a golf cart:

Mose Allison (six nights on the calendar!) is a truly astounding writer and musician.  He's sharp, funny, creative and takes chances left and right.  I would love to have seen the trio he was using back then:

Junior Wells was a prime mover on the Chicago post-war blues scene. 

Guitarist/Singer/Artist Eric Von Schmidt makes his second appearance in the Roadside Attractions Blog this month-- this time with Amos Garrett, Billy Rich and Chris Parker:

 

And here are The Staple Singers sitting in with The Band from The Last Waltz:

Dudley Laufman is an NEA fellowship-winning barn dance caller and musician.  Tony Saletan hosted many PBS shows for young children about folk music and music education.  David Mackay was a renowned jazz pianist and arranger, who worked with Don Ellis and many others.  Last but not least, Mike Cooney, who has released many albums and bills himself as 'a one-man folk festival', still performs nationally.    

A lot of these performers have had a profound influence on both my writing and playing over the years.   What an astounding thing that you could see them all in one place at Club 47-- and that Club Passim is still going strong after 50 years.


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