New York City's Oldest Rock Club
THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH, WE LOST AN ICON IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. KENNY GORKA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 68.
He was one of the last of his kind, influencing thousands of musicians, most of them in the infancy stages of performing. He guided many that went on to huge stardom, in addition to countless others who just enjoyed playing music. Starting in the business as a singer and bass player, Kenny found early success in the 1960’s in a band called The Critters. He played this club numerous times. In the early 1970s after producing music up north, Kenny had his first run working at the Bitter End with Paul Colby. After a few years, he went on to work on the upper east side at Home. It was there, that he made numerous musical friends and met his lovely wife of 39 years, Lisa. After a few years, he went on to numerous odd jobs before coming back in the mid 1980’s to book The Bitter End, until his passing last night. Kenny’s amazing ear for music helped keep the Bitter End a musical institution. From the outpour on social media, Kenny apparently was loved by many. Many great musicians credit him with their first gig in nyc, and influencing them from the way they sounded, to the way they looked, often planting seeds that grew into successful musical careers and important life lessons. Kenny genuinely loved music . He spent his life making it, and then shaping an industry from the bottom up. Those he touched through his work and play will always remember him as one of the great ones. His love for music was only matched by his love for his wife and daughter and his close friends (you can probably throw in a few cars over the years as well). Arrangements are being made for a memorial and will be posted very shortly. Rest in Peace my Friend.
Established in 1961, The Bitter End is the oldest rock and roll club in New York City. The classic red brick stage backdrop and intimate vibe make this historic venue almost as iconic as its headliners. For over 50 years, our audiences have been blown away by legendary artists like Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Gavin DeGraw, Woody Allen, Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Billy Crystal, Tommy James, Norah Jones, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, and thousands more.
The Bitter End is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. We are open seven days a week and showcase live music every night, including singer/songwriters, rock , blues, jazz, funk, alternative, hip-hop, spoken word, a capella, and country. Every Monday and every other Sunday we host open jam sessions for newcomers and aspiring musicians. At The Bitter End, you never know who or what you'll hear next.
It is with a heavy heart The Bitter End would like to announce the loss of our colonel, Paul Colby, who passed away Feb. 13th,2014 at the age of 96. In his 70 plus years in the business , Paul has touched the hearts of countless musicians and patrons and helped to launch many great careers in the music industry. Paul was sharp , witty and happy until the end. Paul will never be forgotten as his legacy will live on Bleecker Street. The name says it all:
PAUL COLBY'S THE BITTER END