The Village Trip

An annual festival honoring the history and heritage of Greenwich Village: September 26-29, 2019



Suzanne Vega

Steve EarleWe are delighted to announce that Steve Earle will be headlining Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square, the free afternoon concert in Washington Square Park on Saturday September 28. Sharing the bill with him are Marc Ribot and The Tall Pines, plus special guest artists.

Thursday evening’s hootenanny at The Bitter End will honour the life and legacy of Izzy Young, founder of the Folklore Center and the man who ensured that Washington Square Park would be a place for music. Tom Chapin is the evening’s host – the line-up will be announced shortly.

David AmramAnd on Saturday afternoon at St John’s in the Village, a concert of chamber music by David Amram, Artist Emeritus at The Village Trip, will celebrate the spirit of Greenwich Village. The program includes Blues for Monk and Three Lost Loves played by a distinguished quartet featuring Elmira Darvarova (violin), Kenneth Radnofsky (saxophone), Howard Wall (horn) and Thomas Weaver (piano). The concert will also include the New York City premiere of Bulgarian Wedding.

lmira DarvarovaElmira Darvarova
Kenneth RadnofskyKenneth Radnofsky
Howard WallHoward Wall
Thomas WeaverThomas Weaver


There will also be comedy and jazz at The Blue Note, music at Joe’s Pub, poetry at St Mark’s, and a special program in partnership with NYU.

The Jefferson Market Library and St John’s in the Village will be hosting writing workshops and literary events.

And there’ll be walks, talks and throwback pricing across the Village.

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The Village Trip new website will be live very shortly – please excuse our casual appearance in the meantime!

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Woody Guthrie and 'Old Man Trump!

Will KaufmanIt was standing room only in the Revelation Gallery at St John’s in the West Village when Will Kaufman hit town to present his livewords-and-music documentary about the life and work of Woody Guthrie and the songs he wrote in the 1950s for his Brooklyn landlord, one Fred Trump.


Reflections on The Village Trip 2018

Suzanne Vega “Such an important new festival which needs to become an annual event!”

“The best part was the glow on the audiences faces”

“What a beautiful gift all your events were for NYC!”


Watch Gig Highlights from The Village Trip 2018

Suzanne VegaSuzanne Vega with Gerry Leonard at Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square
Martha RedboneMartha Redbone with Charlie Burnham, Fred Cash, Aaron Whitby and David Amram
Tom ChapinTom Chapin and friends, opening Talkin’ Mew York Folk Revival at the Bitter End
The Chapin SistersThe Chapin Sisters at Talkin’ New York Folk Revival at The Bitter End


The Village Trip Autumn 2018 Program

Archive from September 27–30, 2018

Headline event on Saturday: Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square.
A FREE concert in Washington Square Park with Suzanne Vega (pictured below), Martha Redbone and VickiKristrinaBarcelona. Scroll to view the full program of Music, Poetry, Theater and Photography events over four days.

Suzanne Vega

September 27, at 6.30pm, at The Village Trip Bar, Washington Square Hotel

Opening party and preview of exhibition of work by celebrated music photographer David Gahr, plus rare Greenwich Village memorabilia. Drinks and live music.

Girl with a Guitar by David GahrOrnette Coleman by David Gahr

Find out more about the Opening Reception »

September 28, at 12 - 3pm, starting at the Washington Square Hotel

Eugene O’Neill and the Village
A walking tour of O’Neill’s favorite haunts followed by interactive readings and performance at the Washington Square Hotel of key scenes from three O’Neill plays.

Cecilia RubinoCecilia Rubino

Find out more about the Eugene O'Neill and The Village Event »

September 28, at 7.30pm at the Stiefel Hall, New School

Jazz in the Village
An evening of live music and discussion with jazz faculty and musicians at the New School. Followed by a private party at the Washington Square Hotel featuring a jazz jam.

Andy McKeeAndy McKee
Vic JurisVic Juris
Billy HarperBilly Harper
Joanne BrackeenJoanne Brackeen

Find out more about Jazz in the Village Event »

September 29, at 2pm at the Jefferson Market Library
Village Voices: Edna St Vincent Millay and Jack Kerouac
Greenwich Village through the eyes of two of its greatest poets: “Kissing in the Village: Edna St Vincent Millay on Bedford Street” and “Jack Kerouac: Blues in the Afternoon”.

Lucy McDiarmidLucy McDiarmid
David AmramDavid Amram
Kenneth RadnofskyKenneth Radnofsky
Yoshiko KlineYoshiko Kline

Find out more about the Village Voices Event »

September 29, Garibaldi Plaza, at 5.00pm Concert in Washington Square Park
Concert in Washington Square Park
Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square – a live concert in the shadow of the Arch in celebration of the legendary and influential music heritage of Greenwich Village

Suzanne VegaSuzanne Vega
Martha RedboneMartha Redbone

Find out more about the Concert in Washington Square Park »

September 30, at 2.30pm, The Village Trip Bar, Washington Square Hotel
Michael Shulman, Director of Publishing and Film, Magnum Photos, talks about award-winning Magnum photographer Burt Glinn, whose previously unseen color and black and white pictures of the beats feature in a new book, The Beat Scene (Reel Art Press).
Find out more about The Beat Scene Event »

September 30, at 7pm, The Bitter End, Bleecker Street
Talkin’ New York Folk Revival
An evening of live music with Happy Traum, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, David Massengill, Diana Jones and others at the historic Bitter End on Bleecker Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Happy TraumHappy Traum
Tom ChapinTom Chapin
The Chapin SistersThe Chapin Sisters
David MassengillDavid Massengill
Diana JonesDiana Jones

Find out more about the Talkin' New York Folk Revival Event »

Download a printer-friendly PDF of the program
Village Trippers – biographies of players and performers
David Amram Joanne Brackeen Tom Chapin The Chapin Sisters Keller Coker Billy Harper Diana Jones Vic Juris Yoshiko Kline David Massengill Lucy McDiarmid Andy Mckee Kenneth Radnofsky Martha Redbone Cecilia Rubino Happy Traum Suzanne Vega VickiKristinaBarcelona

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Capital OneNew York University
Lagunitas Brewing CompanyWashington Square Hotel Lagunitas Brewing Company Lagunitas Brewing Company


Memories and reflections of Greenwich Village: read about Lori Loebelsohn inspiration for creating this evocative poster for The Village Trip.


Music will be celebrated all year at the historic Washington Square Hotel, home-base for The Village Trip and its first sponsor.

Come to the Washington Square Hotel and experience for yourself the history and the music.

Paintings by Edward Sorel for the Waverly Inn. Reproduced by kind permission of the artist.
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More About The Village Trip

“Greenwich Village is a spiritual zone of mind. It has no boundaries”
Hippolyte Havel: anarchist, writer and waiter (c. 1915)

New York City’s Greenwich Village has been a cultural and countercultural epicenter of American art and thought for over a hundred years – and continues to be cherished as “a spiritual zone of mind”, a place of creativity and experimentation that knows no boundaries.

Our portable festival will be centered at the Washington Square Hotel – formerly the Hotel Earle – whose fabled history spans a wealth of bohemian scenes: From the theater and poetry days of Eugene O’Neill and Edna St Vincent Millay in the 1910s and ‘20s to the wealth of jazz artists and clubs (Billie Holiday at Café Society, et al) and experimental dance studios (Martha Graham, et al) in the ‘30s; to the first era of folk, blues and protest singers (Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, et al) of the 1940s to the beat poets (Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Bleecker Street-born Gregory Corso) of the ‘50s; to the second generation folkies (Dylan, Ochs, Richie Havens, Buffy St Marie, and so many more) in the 1960s, and on through to Patti Smith and the punk life of the ‘70s.


Girl with a Guitar (Washington Square c. 1967) by David Gahr
Reprinted by kind permission of the estate of David Gahr


Where we're coming from . . . and where we're going to

Washington Square Our aim is to cultivate TVT into an annual event, supported by, and embracing, the local community and businesses; a perennial festival that will engage the neighborhood itself, while bringing in visitors from across the city, the state and, in the fullness of time, the nation and the world: the countless many who have been touched, often without even knowing it, by the bohemian citizens of the Free and Independent Republic of Washington Square.


The People

LIZ THOMSON, born and raised in London, has long been fascinated by Greenwich Village, an area she has come to know well over two decades of visiting, always staying at the Washington Square Hotel. The idea for The Village Trip sprang from her work on the restoration of the late New York Times journalist Robert Shelton’s biography of Bob Dylan, No Direction Home (2011), which chronicles in vivid detail the 1960s Village scene. She is a widely published journalist and author and a frequent broadcaster and has appeared on platforms at literary festivals around the world as an interviewer. A contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, she has lectured at Liverpool University’s Institute of Popular Music and been a Visiting Fellow of the Open University Sixties Research Group. Liz is the co-founder of Square Roots Productions, a UK-based charity celebrating the folk music heritage which connects the British Isles with North America, and a founding trustee of the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novelists. Find out more about Liz at

JUDY PAUL and MARC GARRETT are a husband and wife team who own the Washington Square Hotel. Judy is a third-generation hotelier and her love of food and entertaining grew out of a childhood spent at her grandfather’s Manhattan Beach Hotel in Brooklyn.

A proud Villager for more than 35 years, Judy has developed a very strong attachment to the community where she now lives and works. She served as an appointed member of Community Board #2 for nearly 15 years, and as an executive member of the Washington Square Association.

Marc joined the Washington Square Hotel team in 2002 after 25 years as sales and marketing executive for the Bertelsmann Music Group. The son of well-known Hollywood photographer and author Murray Garrett, Marc was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and lived just steps off the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. He immediately felt at home when he moved to New York in 1997, settling into yet another bohemian neighborhood, Greenwich Village. He embraced its diversity, the great restaurants, and its unique mix of artists, actors, musicians and businesspeople.


For enquiries, please contact:

Liz Thomson: Executive Producer (London):

Judy Paul: Associate Producer (Business Liaison)

Marc Garrett: Associate Producer (Marketing Co-ordinator)

Sonny Christopher: Associate Producer (Community Liaison)

Washington Square Hotel logoWashington Square Hotel
103 Waverly Place,
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-777-9515

Website: Madeleine Parkyn at Envoy


Washington Square Hotel: Founding Partner
Aberlour Scotch Whisky
Capital One
The Cornelia Street Cafe
Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
The Jefferson Market Library
Jalopy Theatre
Lagunitas Brewing Company
New York University
Rakuten Overdrive
Steinway & Sons
Strand Book Store
The Bitter End
The New School
Varick Street Litho
The Village Alliance
The Washington Square Association
Washington Square Park Conservancy
Washington Square Park Folk Festival


Fractured AtlasFractured Atlas will receive grants for the charitable purposes of The Village Trip, provide oversight to ensure grants are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Village Trip must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Our Partners
Washington Square Hotel
Lagunitas Brewing Company
The Cornelia Street Cafe
The Washington Square Association
Village Alliance
New York Public Library
Washington Square Park Folk Festival
The New School
Washington Square Park Conservancy
Jalopy Theatre
Strand Book Store
Rakuten Overdrive
Capital One
New York University
Varick Street Litho
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Steineway and Sons
The Bitter End
Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
Aberlour Scotch Whisky