What audience members tend to remember after a show at the Bitter End (aside from the music, of course) is the famed brick wall that serves as the backdrop for the iconic Greenwich Village club. But for musicians, it's the venue's late booker and co-owner, Kenny Gorka. On March 20, Gorka unexpectedly passed away, leaving behind his wife, daughter, friends, and countless musicians who remember his warm, welcoming demeanor and passion for music. He was 68.
Courtesy of Robbie Michaels Kenny Gorka, right, outside the Bitter End on Bleecker Street
Gorka's death comes just thirteen months after the passing of the Bitter End's longtime owner, Paul Colby, whose name continues to grace the signage for New York's oldest rock 'n' roll club. Paul Rizzo, the surviving co-owner of the Bitter End, reflects on the influence of his colleagues.More »