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Published on May 22, 2016
During the early 1960s The Interlude Cafe in Kew Gardens, Queens, regularly hosted the voices and guitars of Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Al Kooper, Jose Feliciano, and other noteworthy musicians. On Thursday nights there was a "hootenanny", with local talent and others taking the stage and filling the space with music. Since December of last year the third Thursday of the month has brought musical jamming and featured performances back to that venue that was a vital element of the folk scene fifty years ago. The Interlude Cafe is now Odradeks Coffee House, and now hosts Thursday Night HOOTS!
The May hoot was a terrific evening. Great players showed up and everyone in attendance had a great time. The music started before the show actually started when arriving musicians were tuning their instruments in different parts of the room. Suddenly a song broke out and the whole building was filled with music and the evening's first jam. One player who was having coffee ran back home and got his fiddle and joined the party. That was the kind of evening it was. It was magical time in this rekindled musical space.
I recorded the event and created three Songs of Freedom episodes. I hope you enjoy them.
Thank you to Jake Block and his staff at Odradeks for making us feel so welcome. And thank you to Jake and the other performing artists for the wonderful evening. The artists were Jake Block, Alan Alter, David Butler, Eli, Jerry Korobow, Lou Michaels, Marie Moskowitz, Gina Moffet, and Steve Suffet.
This video is the third of three edited episodes recorded at the May hoot at Odradeks Coffee House. It features Marie Moskowitz, Alan Alter, David Butler, and Gina Moffet.
The evening concludes with an ensemble performance of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."
It was a terrific and memorable evening. I hope you enjoy watching it.
peace and music ~ joel landy
Join us on the third Thursday of the month when Odradeks and Songs of Freedom Television brings you Thursday Night HOOTS!
The evening is free to the public. The show starts at 7:30. Sign up to play at 7pm.
For directions and details come to the Songs of Freedom website: www.singfreedom.org