view the official trailer! Positively Porco is a film telling the astounding tale of Gerde's Folk City (pronounced GERD-eez). The seminal club played host to the first professional gigs of a constellation of American Folk and Blues acts during the Revival of the 1960s.
Beginning in 1960 and virtually overnight, Folk City became the premiere showcase for America's most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters, Bluesmen and traditional Folk artists.
POSITIVELY PORCO is an intimate and riveting backstage look at the Greenwich Village music SCENE during and after the paradigm shifting period known collectively as "The '60s.''
At the center of the action was Mr. Porco, the enigmatic restauranteur and champion of aspiring talent.
This 'Folkumentary' is a star-studded chronicle of the 1960’s Folk and Blues Revival as it was experienced at a place many musicians called HOME. Candid interviews with the music stars focus around one man, Mike Porco, and the musical family spawned in his West 4th Street cabaret.
The club hosted early performances of thousands of artists passing through New York City in the 1960s and 1970s. Most notably, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins, José Feliciano and Arlo Guthrie point to Gerde's as their first job. Many American radio standards and Civil rights anthems were oft times heard by the public for the first time at Folk City.
Folk City's distinctive fraternity of such aspiring young artists and legendary recording stars borders on myth. In her memoir, A Freewheelin' Time, former Bob Dylan girlfriend Suze Rotolo said that Gerde's was where "the cross-fertilization of different styles and musical eras forged important links in the chain of American musical history."
Bob Porco- The grandson of Mike Porco, the Legendary owner of Folk City from 1960-1980. He began with phone calls and emails to Mike's friends to research and write a book on Gerde's. The book morphed into a film.
The younger Porco undertakes an ardent personal odyssey, seeking out and sitting-down with those living treasures that launched a global music paradigm shift from a street corner in Greenwich Village. Porco has benefited from his grandfather's legendary status to gain access and secure insight from those who appreciated him well.
For the film, interviews have concluded with Village stalwarts such as Arlo Guthrie, Izzy Young, Bruce Langhorne, José Feliciano, John Hammond Jr, Rob Stoner, Mike Porco's sons and many other personalities. Mike Porco, himself, shall also have input from audio interviews telling his story in a first person account.
Join an All-star tribute show with many of Gerde's originals.
Bob Dylan's connection to Gerde's Folk City is well known. The Village Underground is located at 130 W. 3rd Street, NYC. This is the same location of Folk City's last stand.
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