Thursday, September 17, 2009

Washington Square Park Reunion

For several years now, there has been a wonderful reunion each September in Washington Square Park of musicians who used to play bluegrass and stringband music there in the late 1950s and 1960s. It has always been a terrific gathering of old friends with some introductions to some of the new members of the scene -- myself included, I suppose, although without an instrument in hand. And the weather, I think, has always been fairly nice as well.

Being in Urbana, I wasn't able to go this past Sunday, but Frank Beacham put together a nice write-up with some very cool photographs, such as the one below of Steve Mandell and Eric Weissberg.

As Frank's photos show, this year attracted some new A-list celebrities to the reunion: David Bromberg, John Goodman and Suze Rotolo were all in attendance, hanging out in the park.

(HT: Brian Frizzell.)

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