Located on an inconspicuous corner in Greenwich Village, Cafe Wha? is a world-famous club and hotspot for talent. Musicians Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Kool and the Gang, the Velvet Underground, all performed there. Additionally, comedians such as Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, and Joan Rivers all started on this historic stage.
Founded by Manny Roth in 1959, Cafe Wha? became a fast hit with the revolutionary downtown crowd. A decade later, Menachem Dworman changed the club’s tune to feature Middle Eastern music. Rock music came back to Café Wha? with his guitar-playing son, Noam, in 1987.