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Happy 75th Birthday, Phil Ochs !
A celebration and two events, one in Queens and one in Brooklyn in December of 2015
Wow! What a terrific evening
Thursday Night, December 17th was !
when we celebrated Phil Ochs' birthday at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens. Thank you for being part of such a memorable Songs of Freedom Television event. Not only was the venue for the free event well attended, but an online live stream audience broadened the scope of the Phil Ochs family affair.
Here is what I shared on Facebook to the online community participating in the event.
Thank you to everybody for making this evening so
special. Thank you to everyone who came to the show. I counted more
than 40 people squeezing into the neighborhood bistro. When Barry Kornhauser showed up with his cello I was wondering how we were
going to fit it in the room!
Finally, I want to thank the artists who felt
compelled to be part of the evening. It was a privilege to invite my
good friends and performing buddies Ben Silver, Anne Price, Lydia
Adams Davis, and Steve Suffet to the show. I also got to invite and
make a new friend in Steve Vitoff. It was an honor for me to share
the stage with and introduce David Massengill and hear him tell
stories about his early Phil experiences and touring with Dave Van
Ronk years ago. And it was deeply satisfying to invite and introduce
my brother in law and family hero, Richard Benson. The evening was
one big and growing family affair. I also want to give a shout out
to Ray Naylor in Pennsylvania who suggested the live stream and
guided me through the process of bringing the evening beyond the
intimate confines of Odradeks Coffee House.
Saturday Night, December 19
at The Commons in Brooklyn
was a second Phil Ochs birthday celebration featuring many memorable
artists and performances on Saturday night, December 19th. Artists
were asked to perform a Phil song and one other in the sprit of Phil
Ochs. My two choices are represented below. The evening was also live streamed by WBAI.