Speak Easy Musicians' Cooperative

Angela and Vinnie, 1981
    In the summer of 1981, Vinny Vok and Angela Page explored potential sites for a new all folk music club in New York City's Greenwich Village.   

  A former disco on MacDougal Street agreed to try the new format and the opening of Speak Easy was Sept. 18th 1981.

Money from opening night funded the purchase of a new sound board. The club was open every night after opening night. Our stationary read: 
Speak Easy, 
dedicated to quality acoustic music
Angela, Dave VanRonk and David Massengill

Susan Vega
Sundays through Thursdays there was a cooperative showcase run by and for the musicians. 

These evenings both exposed new talents and provided opportunities for established acts to enjoy playing unannounced.

Mark Dann and Mike Porco

Daily News 09/23/81 New York Post 02/05/82 Our Press Release
Folk Plus SpeakEasy setlist View Folk Plus Home Page SpeakEasy's Opening Poster

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