Today, April 11th, is the 51st anniversary of Bob Dylan‘s New York City debut at Gerde’s Folk City.
Gerde’s Folk City was a performance venue in the West Village of NYC throughout the ’60s, ’70s & ’80s. Although it first opened as a restaurant, called Gerde’s, it eventually began to offer it’s patrons some live music. Gerde’s was located at 11 West 4th Street (the building no longer exists!), having moved in 1970 to 130 West 3rd Street before finally closing in 1987.
Today, we honor Gerde’s & Bob in our Hall Of Fame!
Bob Dylan dropped out of college at the University of Minnesota at the end of his Freshman year. In January of ’61, he traveled to New York City hoping to perform there and visit his musical idol, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Woody Guthrie[/lastfm]. Beginning in February of 1961, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] played at various clubs around Greenwich Village and in September, he gained some public recognition when a positive review of one of his performances at Gerde’s showed up in The New York Times.
Bob played his first pro gig at Gerde’s Folk City on April 11th, 1961, supporting [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lee Hooker[/lastfm]. Gerde’s was also where Dylan debuted his song “Blowin’ in the Wind” and was also also the place where he and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joan Baez[/lastfm] met for the first time.