As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of our predecessors—the historic Club 47 (1958-1968) and for-profit Passim (1969-1994). We cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national, and international artists.
1958Club 47 opens at 47 Mt Auburn St.
1959Joan Baez performs for the first time at Club 47.
1959Flier for Joan Baez's first appearance at Club 47
1960Joan Baez at Club 47 in 1960.
1961Bob Dylan applies and is turned down for a job at Club 57.
1962The Charles River Valley Boys cut a record for the newly established club label, MTA 47.
1963Doc Watson plays Club 47. A live album of the show was released in 2018.
1963Jim Kweskin and Maria Muldaur perform for the first time together
1963Bob Dylan plays the Sunday Hootenanny at Club 47.
1963Club 47 moves to its new home at 47 Palmer St.
1964July 1964 Club Calendar, designed by Byron Lord Linardos
1964Taj Majal, The Loving Spoonful play Club 47.
1966Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, The Muddy Waters Blues Band, Maybelle Carter play Club 47.
1967August 1967 Club Calendar, designed by Jim Rooney
1968Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens play Club 47.
1968Club 47 closes.
1969Club Passim opens.
1974Tom Waits, Buckingham Nicks play Club Passim
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1980sTracy Chapman performed at Club Passim while attending Tufts University
1985Shawn Colvin plays Club Passim
1989Ellis Paul plays Club Passim for the first time.
1992Dar Williams plays Club Passim for the first time.
1995Passim reopens as a nonprofit. Stephen Baird is the first Executive Director.
1996Lori McKenna plays Club Passim for the first time.
1997Stephen Baird steps down as Executive Director and is replaced by Betsy Siggins.
1998the Campfire. Festival is founded, Mary Gauthier performs.
1999Melissa Ferrick performs at Campfire.
2000Passim School of Music opens.
2000Josh Ritter plays Campfire.
2001Club Passim hosts a stage at Newport Folk Festival
2002Regina Spektor, Langhorne Slim, The Weepies play Campfire.
2003Rose Cousins plays Club Passim for the first time.
2003Club Passim is a host venue for the first annual Boston Celtic Music Festival
2004Ana Egge, Anais Mitchell play Campfire.
2004Old Crow Medicine Show plays Club Passim.
2005Session Americana plays Campfire.
2007The Low Anthem, Lake Street Dive, Joy Kills Sorrow play Campfire.
2008Margaret Glaspy plays Campfire.
2008Betsy Siggins steps down as Executive Director and is replaced by Dan Hogan.
2008The Iguana Music Fund is established.
2010Lady Lamb plays Campfire.
2010April 10th, 2010 - Anais Mitchell & The Hadestown Orchestra premiere her new album with a local cast of musicians at Club Passim.
2011Della Mae, Tall Heights play Campfire.
2011Peter Mulvey premieres his Lamplighter Series.
2012Adrianne Lenker plays Campfire.
2013Anjimile, Eleanor Buckland & Isa Burke play Campfire.
2013The first annual Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival premieres.
2014Ghost of Paul Revere plays Campfire.
2015Dan Hogan steps down as Executive Director and is replaced by Jim Wooster
2017Zachariah Hickman premieres his Power Outage series.
2019Alisa Amador plays Campfire.
2020KT Tunstall, Jake Blount play Campfire.
2022The Folk Collective is established.