The man who created the club the Wetlands in lower Manhattan, Larry Bloch, passed away on Sunday of pancreatic cancer, the Bratteboro Reformer reports. The Wetlands was a place that allowed me to get my own feet wet in the jam band scene. Admittedly, I didn't go nearly as much as I should have, but I knew that it was the place to be and wished I went more. Still somewhat in-the-box and not having a group of friends to venture with to Tribeca from the Upper West Side, I saw just a handful of shows in my early 20s at The Wetlands. But these shows provided a foundation from which I was able to build and grow strongly in the appreciation of live music.
Larry Bloch was a trailblazer and built an institution in a neighborhood that, at the time, was so undesirable that who knew Tribeca would become what it is today. He created a space that allowed people to learn more about two great things in life: environmental activism and good ole' fashioned rock-n-roll.
May Larry Bloch's, son of Ephraim and Miriam, memory be for a blessing.
I loved flipping to the ad section of The Village Voice and looking at the bands where were playing that week. Usually it was the Zen Tricksters. Often it was bands I had never heard of and never went to hear.
Thank you for being an enabler.
Larry enabled folks to hear great music.
Larry enabled folks to care about the earth.
These are two very good things, and for those who are in the know, you know what I mean.