The Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival is thrilled and honored to
announce that the Festival will kick-off this year at Club Passim in
Boston. We will have our usual Behind the Curtains With the Nashville
Hitmakers show in this new (for us) but legendary location. it will
be held on Wednesday, September 12, at 7PM and will feature some of
Nashville’s biggest Hit Writers telling the stories behind and playing
the songs that they wrote for the biggest country stars in Music City!
Club Passim is an American folk music club in the Harvard Square area
of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was opened by Joyce Kalina (now
Chopra) and Paula Kelley in 1958, when it was known as Club 47
(based on its then address, 47 Mount Auburn Street, also 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, Shawn Colvin, Bob
Dylan, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, Muddy Waters, Jimmy
Buffett and many others.