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John Wilcock: Village Gate Too Successful


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June 7, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 33

The Gate Swings Again

By John Wilcock

When Art D’Lugoff, that bearded man-about-the-Village, first opened the Village Gate, he conceived of it as a spot where informality would always reign — where folk-singers would hold constant domain and other troubadors, lovers, adventurers, and just plain Villagers would wander in and out as the mood struck them.

Well, the Gate hasn’t worked out quite that way, largely because it turned into a topnotch jazz joint with such stars as Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, and so on. This meant charging admission, of course, and in turn has spoiled the original concept of casual dropping-in. Now Art is launching the Gate Key Club which he hopes will restore the balance. It’s because I think it’s a good idea that I’m recommending it to you.

For $25 you’ll receive a membership card; it’s good for two admissions (any time except week-ends), is transferable, and can be used as many times as you like during the year. Average admission to the Gate is $2.50, so five visits with a friend and you’ve broken even…I’ll see you there.

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