CHAMPIONS OF FOLK MUSIC REUNITE AT 116 MACDOUGAL STREET.
Join us for this one-time event hosted by FRIENDS OF MIKE PORCO.
RANDY BURNS was destined to be a Folk singer. After arriving in Greenwich Village in the mid 60s, he began like so many others before and after him. Every week, he played the open mic nights at the original Gerde's Folk City, The Gaslight Café and The Bitter End making friends and gaining an audience everywhere he went.
Randy holds the rare distinction of getting signed to a recording contract with ESP Records before playing his first paying gig!
Impressed by his talent, Clarence Hood, the owner of the legendary Gaslight, hired Randy as the permanent opening act. At only eighteen he was opening for some of the biggest folk stars in the country John Hammond, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Eric Andersen, Spider John Koerner, Sonny and Brownie, Phil Ochs, Carolyn Hester, Washboard Sam and many others.
Later, Randy Burns and The SkyDog Band would tour under contract with Mercury and Polydor. Now based in NYC, he continues to bring generations of Folk musicians together by organizing Monday night song nights at the same venue where it all began for him, 116 MacDougal.
DAVID MASSENGILL came to New York from the Virginia/Tennesee border in the mid 70s with a mountain dulcimer, 5 original songs and a dream to make his mark in the world of American music history.
He would go on to become one of the more important figures during the revitalized "Folk Scare" of the 70s and 80s.
Renowned as a brilliant song writer faithful to American folk traditions, his epic compositions have been recorded by David Bromberg, Joan Baez and "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," Dave Van Ronk. In fact, Massengill and Van Ronk later became close friends and touring mates.
As part of the original New York Fast Folk crowd, Massengill forged an alliance with dozens of other aspiring musicians, including the late Jack Hardy. The pair formed the "Folk Brothers" and David continued to bring a slice of Americana to audiences around the nation sharing songs and stories like no one else can.
Burns and Massengill have crossed paths many times throughout the years- at Kenny's Castaways, Gerde's Folk City and on the road- but they've never played the Gaslight space together.
That will change on April 28th as these Champions of Folk music bring their talents to the stage for this historic evening.
Doors at 5. Show at 7PM
Two-for-one drinks 5-7.
$12 in advance. $15 at the door. SEATING IS LIMITED