Following a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic that put the globe on pause in 2020, The Village Trip returns in the fall of 2021 for its third annual iteration. The nine-day celebration of Greenwich Village's enduring cultural impact and continuing relevance starts Sept. 18 and runs through Sept. 26, and includes a wide swath of concerts, tours and events.
Kicking off Saturday (Sept. 18), the fest opens with a free concert on the corners of West Eighth and MacDougal streets featuring 90-year-old Greenwich legend/composer David Amram (the festival's artist emeritus) and others. The following Saturday (Sept. 25), Latin jazz drummer Bobby Sanabria and His Multiverse Big Band play a free concert in Washington Square Park that features Grammy winner Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer. That same night, Bodies Electric – an electric guitar quartet founded by John Chang – performs the music of avant pioneers Edgard Varèse and Frank Zappa at iconic venue The Bitter End. The next day (Sept. 26), the Village Trip wraps with its traditional hootenanny finale at The Bitter End, which finds Christine Lavin, David Buskin, Robin Batteau, David Massengill, Hannah Reimann, Michele Temple and Amram bringing the rich Greenwich musical tradition to life.