Sharon D'Lugoff

Interviewed By Laurel Lockhart

Sharon D’Lugoff’s father, Art D'Lugoff, was a music promoter who opened The Village Gate nightclub in 1958. Although it started out featuring folk music it turned into more of a jazz club built on 3 different levels including a theater where shows and revues were performed. There used to be lots of places along Bleecker Street where live music was played -- many family owned and run -- and Sharon began working with her father as a teenager. The Village Gate closed in 1994 but its famous sign still hangs at the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Streets. (Summary Written By: Elizabeth Downs)

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Charlie Mingus (04:58)
Saturday Nite Live (05:18)
poetry readings (06:21)
radio shows (06:23)
benefits WBAI (06:26)
apt (10:01)
Cafe au Go Go (10:40)
Kenny's Castaways (10:46)
regulars (13:02)
show at 7 (13:56)
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Jonathan Larsen (14:42)
Rent (15:21)
vegetable stands (16:19)
landlord (18:59)
bank (19:02)
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Interview Data

Date of Interview
April 17, 2014
Location of Interview
Jefferson Market Library
Date of birth
February 26, 1961
Place of birth
Manhattan, New York
Worked at family business; The Village Gate
Dates in Neighborhood
1961 to time of interview
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