Program Details

Music Americana: The Songs of Greenwich Village

Rod MacDonald
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Course Description

Greenwich Village has produced some of the most enduring songs in folk and popular music. Think Woody Guthrie, the Weavers, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Judy Collins, to name a few artists. From the 1970s to the mid-90s, Rod MacDonald was there: in the early days, as fictionalized in his 2014 novel, "The Open Mike," later headlining clubs, co-founding the Greenwich Village Folk Festival, writing and recording his early albums and living in one of the most vibrant communities in music history. Join Rod MacDonald for this solo concert of the music and stories of this historic neighborhood, as told in its songs.

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 14 solo albums, including his 2023 Rants And Romance. He performs in festivals, concerts, and clubs and throughout North America, Europe, solo and with the bands Big Brass Bed and Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers. He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer by New Times and one of the "10 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post. Previous Music Americana courses include "The Birth of Rock & Roll," "The Great American Songbook," and "Mastery of the Art."

    Recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award