Taking place in the Square and in concert halls and theatres around the Village, as well as the handful of remaining clubs from which the revival sprang, the festival will be an homage to the spiritual and geographical heart of the music as much as to the generation itself.
White Horse Tavern – where Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan, Robert Shelton and Judy Collins et al drank regularly
West Fourth Street building where Dylan shared an apartment with Suze Rotolo. In those days it was above Bruno’s Spaghetti Parlour
Busking in Washington Square today
Cafe Wha? – one of the few remaining clubs, on Macdougal Street
Caffe Reggio – a popular Village hangout, which featured in the Coen Brothers movie of the folk era, Inside Llewyn Davis
The Hotel Earle, probably still looked much like this when Dylan, Baez, Roger McGuinn and John Philips all stayed in the 1960s. It is now the Washington Square Hotel where, in more recent times, Norah Jones waited tables. It was immortalised in the Baez song “Diamonds and Rust”
All roads lead to Washington Square
Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls talk about ‘Diamonds & Rust’ and the Hotel Earle, immortalised in the song as “that crummy hotel over Washington Square”. It’s now transformed into the chic and charming Washington Square Hotel, over which the Paul family preside.