Club Passim

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Cambridge, MA, Boston, United States

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Club Passim is a folk music club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was opened by Joyce Kalina (now Chopra) and Paula Kelley in 1958, when it was known as Club 47 (based on it’s then address, 47 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge; it moved to its present location on Palmer Street in 1963), and changed its name to simply Passim in 1969. “Passim” in the name is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable and as if that were “seem”; it derives from passim (usually pronounced differently), commonly found in footnotes. It adopted the present name in 1994; a combination of the earlier two names. At its inception, it was mainly a jazz and blues club, but soon branched out to include ethnic folk, then singer/songwriter folk.

Artists who have performed there include Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Tom Rush, Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, and many others.

In the 1960s, the club (when known as Club 47) played a role in the rise of folk-rock music, when it began to book folk/rock bands whose music was unrelated to traditional folk, such as the Lovin’ Spoonful. The club’s importance to the 1960s Cambridge folk scene is documented extensively in Von Schmidt’s Baby, Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years. Scott Alarik described Club 47 as being “the hangout of choice for the new folkies” during that time.

Today there is a Passim School of Music and Culture for Kids program. It is joined with a restaurant (Veggie Planet) which also serves food during performances.

Contact Information

47 Palmer Street
Cambridge, MA, Boston 02138
United States
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(617) 492-7679

Upcoming Events

Thursday 4 June 2015
Diane Cluck
Audrey RyanConcert
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA, Boston, United States
42.373846 -71.11999
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Sunday 7 June 2015
Garland Jeffreys & Band
Garland JeffreysConcert
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA, Boston, United States
42.373846 -71.11999
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