Sunday, May 1, 2011: WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
This week, Revv52 presents “The Village: Walk on the Wild Side”. The show includes the great music from the Mama’s and the Papas, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Ian Tyson, Carole King, James Taylor, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Paul Simon and Lou Reed.
I pulled the context for the show together from the creative times of the late 60’s and early 70’s when established musicians moved from Greenwich Village across the country. Many of the coffee house musicians from Greenwich roots were now performing on larger stages throughout America.
The Newport Folk Festival in ’65 drew attention to Bob Dylan’s “unplugged” set. This was a pivotal movement in the syntheses of folk and rock. The Monterey Pop Festival during “The Summer of Love” in California attracted the Mama’s and the Papas from New York. From their New York roots, James Taylor and Carole King found a new audience at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1970. David Crosby moved from “The Byrds” and joined Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young. San Francisco based rock bands like Jefferson Airplane were now gaining national attention and psychedelic rock was happenin’ on the west coast. In August of ’69, “Woodstock” brought together 32 musical acts in upstate New York – not far from Greenwich Village. It became the defining event for the era and it shaped a strong underlying counterculture movement.
The Revv52 show on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th at The Grace in Calgary will celebrate the great music of this era. More info and tickets are available through www.revv52.com