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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Returning to the Flick Coffee House

Many of you may remember the old Flick Coffee House.  It's a bit before my time, but whenever the subject of the old Grove comes up, The Flick is always part of that. It lasted about 10 years, from 1964 to 1974. Well, even though The Flick is not around anymore, there is a 50th anniversary planned. There are shows benefiting the Dolphin Project. The four shows are March 28 and 29 at Titanic Pub and Brewery (5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd), which was the former site of The Flick Coffee House. Show times are 7 pm and 9:30 pm.

Only 100 tickets are available for each show.

At this time, the performers include singer-guitarist Estrella Berosini (Joni Mitchell’s Lady of the Canyon), Grove icon Bobby Ingram, singer-songwriter Vince Martin (Cindy, Oh Cindy, Tear Down These Walls), folk singer Chuck Mitchell (masterful interpreter of Brecht and Weill), singer-songwriters Michael Smith and Barbara Barrow (The Dutchman, Weavermania),and Gabe Kaplan, “Welcome Back, Kotter” and TV stand-up. More performers expected to join upcoming weeks. 

Recalling The Flick as “an elegant-for-a coffee-house-meeting-place with stained glass, Tiffany lamps, unusual teas and coffees, during 1964-‘74, if you were in high school, college or a folk music fan, you found yourself at The Flick.,” said Kaplan.

Show room tickets are $40; $25 overflow monitor viewing at the bar. Food and drinks are available with no beverage minimum.

Thirty percent of gross ticket sales will go to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, dedicated to stopping dolphin slaughter and exploitation around the world.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Deborah said...

Two years ago I was contacted by a documentary film maker, preparing a film about Fred Neil, famous folk singer and writer of the 60's, and resident of Coconut Grove. The film maker was looking for Charlie Brown, whom many old Grovites know. Charlie ran Gaslight South, in the Grove, during the same era as The Flick, and knew Fred Neil very well.

Last week, the film maker contacted me again, to see if Charlie Brown was still alive, which he is, and to tell me about the reunion concert at The Flick. He's hoping that Charlie Brown will be able to attend, and meet up with a bunch of his old friends from that era.

It was a surprise to see your article about this event today. There are not too many people left in the Grove, who experienced that era. Let's hope they all show up! Thanks for the article, Tom.

February 18, 2014 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually remember my mom taking me to the Flick when I was very, vey young to see Odetta perform. She actually sang Winnie the Pooh for me. :)

Many many years later (about 5 years ago ) I was playing in a band there one night and my aunt Maggi had come as both moral support and to see how the Flick had changed. After the show she was talking at length with one of the managers who had no idea about the place's history and spent about an hour telling him stories of all the now famous people who had played there. Looks like they're keeping up the live music tradition.

I believe the film maker that Deborah refers to is Peter Neff. He had a portion of the documentary posted on YouTube. It looked pretty interesting to my eyes but I'm kinda prejudiced. ;)

Christopher Neil

February 19, 2014 7:55 AM  

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