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Cafe Au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of 152 Bleecker Street beneath the Garrick Theater. The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (pronounced Grennich Village; also called simply the Village) is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ... A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Bleecker Street looking west from The Bowery. ...

In 1964, Comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested here on obscenity charges, along with owner, Howard Solomon. In 1964 Solomon also brought in a large group of singers and musicians from an off-Broadway show, and christened them the (Cafe) Au Go Go Singers to rival the Bitter End Singers across the street at the Bitter End Cafe. Solomon managed the group until their break-up in late 1965. In the Au Go Go Singers were Kathy King (later toured with Bobby Vinton), Jean Gurney, Michael Scott (afterward played bass for the Highwaymen), Rick (Frederic) Geiger (later performed in light opera), Roy Michaels (soon after joined "Cat Mother" and toured with Jimi Hendrix), and Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, both who would eventually form the Buffalo Springfield. Two other members, Nels Gustafson and Bob Harmelink, quit show business entirely after leaving the group. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Howard Solomon is head of Forest Laboratories and father of noted novelist and writer Andrew Solomon. ... Stephen Stills Stephen Arthur Stills is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. ... Richie Furay (born Paul Richard Furay, on 9 May 1944, in Yellow Springs, Ohio) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who is best known for forming the 1960s band Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin. ... Buffalo Springfield was a short-lived, yet highly original and influential, folk rock group that served as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina and is most famous for the song For what its worth . ...

It was also at the Cafe Au Go Go that afterward a new folk/rock group was formed (Geiger, Michaels, Scott, Gurney, and Stills) from the remnants of the Au Go Go Singers, called The Company. It was when the Rollins and Joffee Talent Agency sent The Company on a tour of Canada that Stephen Stills met Neil Young. Eventually, Stills, Young, Richie Furay (another Au Go Go Singers alumni) and two others became the Buffalo Springfield. The Company was a folk-rock band, a short-lived off-shoot of the Au Go-Go Singers, featuring Roy Michaels, Rick Geiger, Michael Scott, Jean Gurney, and Stephen Stills. ...

In 1966 Bruce Springsteen played his first NYC gig on the 2nd floor. The club was the first New York venue for the Grateful Dead. Richie Havens was a weekly regular. Before many rock groups performed there, the Cafe was mainly an oasis for jazz (Paul Evans, Stan Getz, etc.), comedy, and folk. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Bruce Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... NY redirects here. ... The Grateful Dead were an American psychedelia-influenced rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco. ... Richie Havens (born January 21, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American folk singer and guitarist. ...

When the Cafe Au Go Go finally locked its doors for good, now-famous Stephen Stills was a featured performer in the gala closing.

Below the Cafe Au Go Go (where Lenny Bruce was arrested on obscenity charges and where Cream performed) was the Village Gaslight II, where bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, John Lee Hooker and, Buddy Guy, Weather Report, Return to Forever, Fury Lewis, Spencer Davis Group played. The Gaslight II last until at least the mid-70's.

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I muttered a few words to him ('are you going to jam tonight?', or something equally sophomoric), but did not think that much of the incident at the time.
I saw Cream at the Cafe Au Go-Go in the fall of 1967 (Sept 26-30, Oct 1, 3-8).
Pictures from the 1967 Cafe Au Go-Go concerts, as well as photos from the Disraeli Gears recording sessions at Atlantic Records studios in New York, appeared subsequently in the premiere issue of the now defunct 'Eye' magazine.
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