| Dan Hogan |
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What does Passim mean for me?
It means the post-Siggins board / post Tim Mason-managed institution has abandoned its earlier mission as stated before February 2010:
"Music as a MissionPlans are well underway to ensure the mission of Club Passim continues. It's more than the sharing of good music. As a non-profit, the club believes it critical to preserve and promote folk and acoustic music by nurturing new artists, offering varied programming, and featuring both new and established talent. The challenge to fulfill this mission is to keep it financially sound by building its membership base and continue strong fundraising efforts through donations, corporate sponsorships and grants. We hope you join us this year in supporting the artists and helping us keep playing the music for another 50 years."
Apparently "Passim" (and the NPR version of WUMB) both have a problem with the "f" (folk) word being in their respective mission statements, websites and branding, as having such would inconveniently get into the way of presenting inferior-quality pop "artists." A case in point, I attended a recent concert where a friend was the featured act. My Eastman-trained date said of the very disorganized, untalented opener "who did she slept with to get the gig?"
Do us all a favor, abandon the "pop" experiment. Bring the old crew and the old Club Passim (Betsy, Tim, Millie, Elizabeth et al) back.
"Passim" also means that the dropping of the word "Club" dishonors the earliest years as Club 47.
From http://www.passimcenter.org/Page.asp?n=34392&snid=311510808&org=passimcenter.org, copied 2/13/10
It's hard to believe that thousands of musicians consider playing in a room no larger than 30' x 40' that intimately seats 125 in a basement in Harvard Square as "making it." But they do, because this brick-floored subterranean locale is Club Passim, one of the nation's legendary cultural icons and epicenter of great folk and acoustic music. A place where musicians like Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Jackie Washington, Peter Wolf, Taj Mahal, Patty Larkin, Goeff & Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin, and Suzanne Vega cut their musical teeth before playing larger venues.
"Passim evokes Bob and Rae Anne Donlin; "Club Passim" honors both Club 47 and the Donlins.
Bring back the hybrid name, Club Passim.