MUSICIANS, COMICS, POETS, ACTORS & ICONS

Meet Folk City’s distinguished list including some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry from yesterday and today.
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Music Alumni

Alive!
Mose Allison
Dave Alvin
Phil Alvin
American Steel
Jeff Ampolsk
Eric Andersen
Casey Anderson
Lili Anel
Peggy Atwood
Hoyt Axton
Aztec Two-Step
Joan Baez
The Band
Maureen Barrett
Kim Bassinger
Battlefield Band
Beat Rodeo
Beau Brummels
Beers Family
Pat Benatar
Gail Benson
Pierre Bensusan
Bermuda Triangle
Jamie Bernstein
Theodore Bikel
Tony Bird
Stephen Bishop
The Black Brothers
Frances Black
Mary Black
Otis Blackwell
The Blasters
Ronee Blakley
David Blue
Eric Bogle
Boys of the Lough
Oscar Brand
Susan Brewster
Jaime Brockett
David Bromberg
Stanky Brown
Sandy Bull
Cindy Bullens
Karen Bunin
Bunky and Jake
T-Bone Burnett
Randy Burns
Buskin and Batteau
Chris Butler
Paul Butterfield
Martin Carthy
Johnny Cash
Casselberry and Dupree
Judy Castelli
Celtic Thunder
Len Chandler
Harry Chapin
Tom Chapin
Blondie Chaplin
Valerie Charles
Dominic Chianese
Alex Chilton
Charlie Chin
Chords of Fame
Frank Christian
Meg Christian
Circle of Friends
Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers
Clannad
Paul Clayton
Judy Collins
Kentucky Colonels
Shawn Colvin
Bernadette Contreras
Ernie Contri
Michael Cooney
Johnny Copeland
Larry Coryell
Elvis Costello
Elizabeth Cotten
Rhonda Coullet
Marshall Crenshaw
David Crosby
Dan Daley
Karen Dalton
Barbara Dane
Rick Danko
Erik Darling
Guy Davis
Michael Davis
Rev. Gary Davis
Jim Dawson
Deadly Nightshade
Rich Dean
Del Lords
Del Fuegos
John Denver
Gerry Devine
The Dillards
Pat DiNizio
Alix Dobkin
Bonnie Dobson
Tymon Dogg
Dream Syndicate
Judy Dunleavy
Bob Dylan
Sally Eaton
Jim Eaves
Cliff Eberhardt
Therese Edell
Jonathan Edwards
Elephant’s Memory
Ron Elliron
Cass Elliot
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
Logan English
Esquirita
John Fahey
Billy Faier
Richard & Mimi Farina
Rachel Faro
Didi Favreau
The Feelies
Jose Feliciano
Ferron
Fiona
Gregory Fleeman
The Fleshtones
The Floor Models
Robin Flower
Ellen Foley
Steve Forbert
Michael Fracasso

Erik Frandsen
Dean Friedman
Kinky Friedman
Jesse Fuller
Marie Gabrielle
Gale Garnett
Terry Garthwaite
Jimmy Gavin

Paul Geremia
George Gerdes
Tom Ghent
Bob Gibson
Mary Ellen Gillespie
Steve Gillette
Jeff Gold
Julie Gold
Lynn Gold
Annie Golden
Cynthia Gooding
Steve Goodman
Cynthia Gooding
Robert Gordon
John Gorka
Judy Gorman-Jacobs
Karen Lynn Gorney
Lou Gossett, Jr.
Beverly Grant & the Human Condition
Nick Gravenites
Greenbriar Boys
Nancy Griffith
Dave Grisman
Henry Gross
Stefan Grossman
Arlo Guthrie
John Hammond
The Harmonic Choir
Tim Hardin
Jack Hardy
Jeff Hardy
The Harp Band
Emmylou Harris
John Hartford
Richie Havens
Bobbie Louise Hawkins
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Richard Hell
Levon Helm
Jimi Hendrix
Lisa Herman
Carolyn Hester
Dan Hicks
Barbara Higbie
Martha P. Hogan
Loretta Holland
Jake Holmes
Peter Holsapple
Lucy Holstedt
Holy Modal Rounders
Helen Hooke
John Lee Hooker
Bob Horan
Cisco Houston
Michael Hurley
Mississippi John Hurt
Husker Du
Janis Ian
Ian and Sylvia
Queen Ida
Tom Intondi
The Irish Ramblers
The Irish Tradition
The Jazz Singer
Jim and Jean
Garland Jeffreys
David Johansen
Dr. John
Lonnie Johnson
Mark Johnson
Billy Jones
Elvin Jones
Marti Jones
Janis Joplin
The Journeymen
Citizen Kafka
Danny Kalb
Si Kahn
Lucy Kaplansky
Ann Kashicky
Ryo Kawasaki
Lenny Kaye
Eric Kaz
Delores Keane
Barbara Keith
Lionel Kilberg
Lisa Kindred
Charlie King
Bruce Kirkman
The Knitters
Spider John Koerner
Al Kooper
Barry Kornfeld
Josie Kuhn
Peter La Farge
April Lang
Bruce Langhorne
The Last Roundup
Jim Lauderdale
Christine Lavin
Michael Lesser
Let’s Active
Bob Lind
Buzzy Linhart
The Little Sisters
Richard Lloyd
Paula Lockheart
Dave Loggins
Louisiana Red
John Lurie
Phyllis Lynd
John MacAndoe
Ewan MacColl
Country Joe MacDonald
Rod MacDonald
Mary MacGowan
Raun MacKinnon
Taj Mahal

Melissa Manchester
Steve Mandell
Manhattan Transfer
Richard Manuel
Diana Marcovitz
Dave Marash
Vince Martin
Pat Martino
Carolyne Mas
David Massengill
Frank Maya
Deidre McCalla
Danny McCarthy
Mary McCaslin
Hugh McCracken
Ed McCurdy
Gene McDaniels
Mississippi Fred McDowell
The McGarrigles
Roger McGuinn
Ellen McIllwaine
Scott McKenzie
Rod McKuen
Daisann McLaine
Jacqui McShee
Melanie
Jan Melchior
Natalie Merchant
Lynn Messinger
Microscopic Septet
Bette Midler
June and Jean Millington
The Minutemen
Mirabai
Joni Mitchell
Essra Mohawk
Stevie Moore
The Morrells
Elise Morris
Bill Morrissey
The Mosquitos
Mt. Airy
Roland Moussa
Geoff Muldaur
Maria Muldaur
Elliot Murphy
Fred Neil
Tracy Nelson
Bob Neuwirth
New Lost City Ramblers
New World Singers
Willie Nile
Willie Nininger
Billy Novick
NRBQ
Danny O’Keefe
Phil Ochs
Earl Okin
Odetta
One Trick Pony
Oregon
Susan Osborn
Tom Pacheco
Tom Paley

Robert Palmer
Felix Pappilardi
Tom Pasle
Jaco Pastorious
Tom Paxton
Pentangle
Peter, Paul & Mary
John Phillips
Michelle Phillips
Sam Phillips
Utah Phillips
Pianosaurus
Mary Kay Place
The Plugz
Jim Post
Robert Coleb Potter
Hugh Prestwood
Pump Boys & Dinettes
Bonnie Raitt
Vicki Randle
Toshi Reagon
Jean Redpath
Renaldo & Clara
John Renbourn
The Replacements
Amy Rigby
Jim Ringer
Jean Ritchie
Gil Robbins
Earl Robinson
Annie Roboff
David Roche
The Roches
Judy Roderick
Jimmie Rodgers
Gamble Rogers
Stan Rogers
Rolling Thunder Revue
Linda Ronstadt
Betsy Rose
Brian Rose
Kristi Rose
Michele Rosewoman
Dick Rosmini
Robert Ross
Tom Rush
Buffy St. Marie
Patty Scialfa
Claudia Schmidt
John Sebastian
Second Chance

Mike Seeger
Peggy Seeger
Pete Seeger
Brother John Sellars
Mike Settle
Anita Sheer
Sam Shepard
Richard Shindell
Travis Shook
Paul Seibel
Janis Seigel
Silly Wizard
Shel Silverstein
Simon and Garfunkel
Carly Simon
Lucy Simon
Pat Sky
Fred Small
Carrie Smith
Orriel Smith
Patti Smith
Chris Smither
The Smithereens
Patty Smyth
Phoebe Snow
Bert Sommers
Sonic Youth
The Song Project
Rosalie Sorrells
Peter Spencer
David Spinozza
Victoria Spivey
Mark Spoelstra
Sally Spring
Roger Sprung
Chris Stamey
Patere Stampfel
The Staple Singers
Steely Dan
B.W. Stevenson
Stephen Stills
Rob Stoner
Stories
Syd Straw
Street the Beat
Ned Sublette
Maxine Sullivan
Keith Sykes
Roosevelt Sykes
Sylvain Sylvain
Norma Tanega
The Tarriers
Cecil Taylor
James Taylor
Livingston Taylor
10,000 Maniacs
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Tetes Noire
Richard Thompson
Big Mama Thornton
The 3 O’clock
David Van Tieghem
Linda Tillery
Libby Titus
Peter Tork
Touchstone
Happy & Artie Traum
Greg Trooper
Teresa Trull
Big Joe Turner
Gil Turner
Soozie Tyrell
Dino Valenti
Guy Van Duser
Dave Van Ronk
Townes Van Zandt
Ben Vaughn Combo
Suzanne Vega
The Violent Femmes
The Vipers
Nancy Vogel
Vincent T. Vok
Loudon Wainwright III
Frank Wakefield
Jerry Jeff Walker
Sammy Walker
The Wanderers
Jackie Washington
The Washington Squares
Muddy Waters
The Watersons
Doc Watson
The Weavers
Ilene Weiss
Eric Weissberg
Dick Weissman
Hedy West
Helen Wheels
Beverly White
Josh White
Josh White, Jr.
Major Wiley
Big Joe Williams
Lucinda Williams
Robin Williamson
Jesse Winchester
Peter Wolf
John Doe & Exene of X
Yo La Tengo
Jesse Colin Young
The Youngbloods
John Zorn

Quotes

There ain’t the thrill, no matter where you go, like there was…at Gerdes Folk City. I’ll never live those days down. I never will.John Lee Hooker, Blues Legend
Dear Folk City. Long may your roll on.Ronnie Gilbert, The Weavers
I used to come to Gerde’s and see the hoot. I liked to hear the things that the new people were writing. During those first few weeks in New York I was approached by lots of managers and agents. I was overwhelmed by all the success I was having.Buffy Sainte-Marie
Mondays are always slow nights on the New York Club scene… I wanted to try out the idea of an amateur talent night… I talked the idea over with Charlie Rothschild and Bob Shelton and they suggested I try a “Hootenanny”… I figured it sounded better than “amateur” nights: so Gerde’s “hoots” were born…Mike Porco ``Talkin' New York``

Comics/Poets/Actors/MC Alumni

Joy Behar
Jim Belushi
Steve Ben-Israel
Scott Blakeman
Ed Bluestone
Eric Bogosian
Mark Boone, Jr.
Andy Breckman
Sharon Breslau
Marshall Brickman
Jane Brucker
Steve Buscemi
Brett Butler
Joe Campiolo
Tom Carrozza
Valerie Charles
Chicago City Limits
Myron Cohen
Randy Credico
Ron Darian
Larry David
Susie Essman
Jeffrey Essman
Howard Feller
Harvey Fierstein

Hugo Flesch
Max Gail
Allen Ginsberg
Marjorie Gross
Allen Havey
John Jesurun
Gabriel Kaplan
Andy Kaufman
Kathy Kinney
Robert Klein
David Landers
Carol Leifer
Richard Lewis
Dexter Madison
Ann Magnuson
Bill McLaughlin
Vaughn Meader
Beverly Mickens
Vanda Milkowski
Jim Morris
Martin Mull
Phil Nee

Bob Nelson
Sonny Ochs
Catherine O’Hara
Joe Piscopo
Poez
Chris Rock
Rosie
Chris Rush
Lynn Samuels
Adam Sandler
Nancy Shayne
Rondell Sheridan
Susan Schneider
Larry “Ratso” Sloman
Margaret Smith
Tad Truesdale
Ann Waldman
Jimmy J J Walker
Carl Waxman
Robin Williams
Anita Wise

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