Official website for FOLK CITY, the legendary village venue in New York City.


The Ultimate Home for Singers & Songwriters

The legendary music venue, Gerdes Folk City was the home to some of the most influential music of our time–folk, rock, blues, jazz, country–performed by some of music’s best singer-songwriters, bands, vocalists and musicians in contemporary music. The discovery and nurturing of new and up-coming talent was Folk City’s hallmark. Here, we will carry on that tradition of promoting new talent while honoring the great artists of the past who set the stage. Gerdes Folk City was suddenly one of the central music venues of the era. It became one of the most influential American music clubs, before finally losing its lease in 1987. “Rolling Stone Book of Lists” called Folk City one of the three top music venues in the world, along with The Cavern and CBGBs. Folk City helped to launch the careers of many world-renowned musical stars from Bob Dylan to Sonic Youth, and showcased numerous music styles from folk to alternative rock.

A Tradition of Promoting New Talent

Folk City is certainly home to many illustrious alumni, but the club’s greatest legacy is how it’s been the nurturing starting-off point for many of these now-superstar artists. From its inception, Folk City has always been the destination for new singer-songwriters and other performers in a wide variety of genres from folk to alternative rock, blues to country, as well as comedy and theater. And now with Folk City’s online presence, and its legendary reputation that precedes it, that tradition continues. If you play music, we will feature, nurture, support and promote you. If you love music, we will entertain you. And we look forward to a whole new generation of artists to join our venerable family of talented and influential musicians.



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