Walking Tour of 1970's Music Venues of the East Village

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Travel back to the 1970s with this thrilling walking tour of the East Village's iconic music venues. Immerse yourself in the era when apartments were cheap, rock music ruled, and buying tickets required a personal visit. Explore the legendary Fillmore East, the long-gone CBGB's, and The Bottom Line, where music legends began their rise to fame. Discover hidden gems like Club 82, On the Rocks, and Great Gildersleeves, where artists honed their craft and gained a dedicated following. Relive epic shows by Bruce Springsteen at The Bottom Line and Patti Smith at CBGB's. Revisit legendary performances by The Who, Pink Floyd, and the New York Dolls at the Fillmore East. Along the way, dip your toes into the era of disco at the site of Infinity, a dance club destroyed by fire in 1979. This 120-minute journey will transport you back in time and leave you feeling the pulse of the 1970s music scene.

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  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-6 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Visit the legendary Fillmore East
  • Explore the iconic CBGB's
  • Discover the site of The Bottom Line
  • Revisit famous shows of The Who and Pink Floyd
  • Experience the world of Disco at Infinity nightclub
  • My years of experience of clubbing and working in the music business in nyc

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Introduction: A Journey through the Legendary Music Venues of the 1970s East Village

Step back in time to the vibrant and rebellious 1970s music scene of the East Village, where rock was king, apartments were cheap, and the sheer energy was electric. This immersive walking tour will take you on a nostalgic trip to the iconic sites that shaped the careers of the biggest names in music. From the legendary Fillmore East to the iconic CBGB's and The Bottom Line, you'll experience the places where history was made and music legends were born.

What to expect?

During this two-hour tour, get ready to explore the hidden gems and lesser-known venues where artists honed their craft and gained a passionate following. From Club 82 to On the Rocks and Great Gildersleeves, immerse yourself in the rich history of the East Village music scene. Relive the unforgettable shows that shook the Fillmore East, including those of The Who and Pink Floyd. Feel the spirit of rebellion as you revisit the groundbreaking performances of Bruce Springsteen at The Bottom Line and Patti Smith at CBGB's. Discover the birthplace of punk rock, where raw talent transformed into musical magic.

Who is this for?

This tour is designed for all music lovers, history enthusiasts, and anyone seeking an authentic experience in the heart of New York City's vibrant cultural scene. Whether you were there during the 1970s and want to relive the memories or you simply appreciate the influential music of that era, this tour will transport you to a time when the East Village was a mecca for all things rock and lyrics echoed the spirit of a generation.

Why book this?

This tour offers a unique opportunity to dive deep into the rich tapestry of music history, exploring the places that defined an era. Led by knowledgeable guides, you'll gain insider insights into the stories behind the legendary venues. The tour's carefully curated itinerary strikes the perfect balance between well-known landmarks and hidden gems, ensuring an authentic, immersive experience. Prepare to be captivated by the energy and passion that once filled these iconic halls, as you witness firsthand the birthplace of musical legends.

Good to know

The tour starts at the historic Apple Bank, previously known as The Fillmore East, a convenient location accessible by various subway lines. Be prepared for a journey that spans two hours, during which you'll uncover the fascinating musical history of the East Village. The tour ends in front of The Bottom Line, conveniently located near the R/W trains and Washington Square Park. Come dressed comfortably and be ready to soak in the sights and sounds of a bygone musical era.


Experience-goers have raved about this tour, describing it as a thrilling and nostalgic journey into the heart of the 1970s music scene. Many reviewers have praised the knowledgeable and passionate guides, who bring the history and stories to life. Previous participants have expressed their gratitude for the unique opportunity to relive the shows of their youth and learn more about the artists who shaped their musical tastes. Overall, the tour has received glowing reviews for its authenticity, attention to detail, and ability to transport participants back in time to an era that forever shaped the world of music.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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East Village

Travel back to the 1970s, to an East Village when apartments were cheap, music was great, and you had to show up in person to buy tickets! We’ll visit the sites of the legendary Fillmore East, the long gone CBGB’s, and The Bottom Line, places that launched the careers of some of the biggest names in music. We’ll also walk to some lesser known, but equally significant, sites where artists honed their craft and first gained a following, places like Club 82, On the Rocks, and Great Gildersleeves. Were you at The Bottom Line in 1975 when Bruce Springsteen first blew the socks off the music world with Born to Run? Or did you see Patti Smith at CBGB’s in 1976 after the release of Horses? What a SHOW! We’ll also revisit some of the legendary shows of The Who and Pink Floyd at the Fillmore East, as well as the New York Dolls at the Mercer Arts Center. Along the way we’ll dip our toe into the world of Disco at the site of Infinity, a dance club destroyed by fire in 1979.



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Ann is a terrific tour guide because she has experienced what she talks about. Her background and her love for the music and neighborhood brings back to life the period of the 1970's music scene. Besides telling us about the artists, she also details now the music industry works. It was a terrific afternoon.


Had the best time on this tour!! Can't wait to bring my friends along next time. What a fun experience. Ann McDermott led us on a magical tour though the East Village music scene with a lively and informative history of the "good ol days". Absolutly delightful.. I live in NYC but will never walk the East Village in the same way..


I wasn't sure what to expect when my wife asked me to go on the walking tour. I found it incredibly informative and interesting. Ann really knows her stuff!! Not only did we learn about all the major rock venues of an earlier era. Ann pointed out a lot of additional sites of interest, such as the location where the photograph of Abraham Lincoln that was used in the 1860 election was taken. I highly recommend the tour to anyone interested in the cultural history of the East Village!!


Ann grew up exploring the East Village music scene, so was easily able to impress on me how expansive it was -- and how varied the venues were. She brought the area alive with her research and memories. She clearly knew the band members, venue owners, and delightful stories involving them. She even sang a few bars herself.


I was excited. We booked it on 11/18 for 11/20. Tour guide no-showed and no one responded to message.


I had no idea how close together all of these 1970's sites were (we visited ten of them)--and I live in this neighborhood. There was a time when the giants of Rock and Roll walked the earth (and were arraigned right here in our local police station on East Fifth Street)--the Byrds, the Dead, the Who. Learning about the Fillmore East made me wish I had been born five years earlier. Also, so much architecture to see!


Ann was an enthusiastic, knowledgable and most of all fun tour guide! Ann's deep-dive research together with her firsthand accounts of rock and roll in the East Village made the neighborhood come to life! I have lived in the neighborhood 10+ years but had no idea that every street is hallowed ground for Rock and Roll, Folk, Bluegrass and Punk. A fun and eye-opening tour for all ages!


Ann's passion for her subject combined with her research of delightfully obscure factoids creates a super engaging tour. This has been my neighborhood for multiple decades, but in many ways, Ann knows it better than I do! I'll be remembering her commentary even as I am doing my grocery shopping.


Ann did a great tour of former music locations/venues in the East Village and some in the West Village too. Her extensive knowledge/information about the music of the end of the 1960's to the end of 1990's, her experience as a visitor and as part of the incrowd and her inside stories transformed these iconic places into images and memories of one of the most iconic music scenes in NYC; folk, rock, punk. I loved it!
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