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Many rock and roll stars got an early start at this Greenwich Village institution. In 1966 Jimi Hendrix who was relatively unknown at the time and was appearing under the name “Jimmy James” was discovered here by  “Chas” Chandler, who had just left The Animals and had become a manager/talent scout. Chas saw Hendrix here and was blown away by his abilities enough to convince Jimi to accompany him to England. 

Once in England, Chandler helped Jimi form the “Jimi Hendrix Experience” and recruited bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as the other members of the trio.

Other acts that performed here include:

Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bruce Springsteen.

Cafe Wha?
115 Macdougal
New York NY 10012