KNOW YOUR SCENE: Larry “The Duke” Goldfarb of the Tin Angel

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Featured Image Larry Goldfarb (left) & Clarence Greenwood of Citzen Cope (right) via Tin Angel

In 2015, Philadelphia was named the #1 city for music in North America by ticketing website Vivid Seats, beating out vibrant cities like New York City, Nashville, and many others. Philly’s music scene has long been criminally underrated and, while it’s finally receiving recognition, it is important to remember those who have contributed to its deep history and rise in recent years. Enter Larry Goldfarb, booker for the Tin Angel, who started out booking shows for The Academy of Music in 1970 and has remained a prominent figure in the Philadelphia music scene ever since.

A self-described “old-head,” Larry has led a storied career managing bands to several major record deals and continued to book shows at a number of  other venues. Since opening its doors in 1992, the Tin Angel provides a small, intimate space for aspiring singer/songwriters to launch their careers. Though competition in Philadelphia’s live music scene has led to mainstay venues like Legendary Dobbs and North Star Bar closing their doors, Larry’s years of experience and expertise has helped keep the Tin Angel reach its twenty-fifth year of operation. I had the outstanding privilege of talking to Larry about his awe-inspiring career in the music business and the many legendary acts he’s worked with in the twenty-four years booking for The Tin Angel. 


Photo of the Tin Angel by Brittany Salerno

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1 Comment

  1. Lauren S

    January 25, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Wow, this guy’s career is so inspiring! I would love to have all those stories and memories he has now.

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