The Main Point • 40-40-40 • Forever Remembered
In 1981, The Main Point closed. 40 years later we are looking for 40 people willing to donate 40 dollars to forever memorialize the location that had monumental impact on a generation of performers and fans alike.
The original Main Point at 874 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA was a beloved coffee house and concert venue from 1964 to 1981 that featured early career performances by Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and many more as well as comedians George Carlin, Lily Tomlin and others. A local group of Arts lovers and “Friends of” The Main Point, in cooperation with the site owner, are taking steps to make sure the original location of The Main Point is “forever memorialized.”
One former ardent Main Point fan (and present Bryn Mawr resident) Michael Curry, had the idea and, so, he reached out to Steve Bajus, of SW Bajus Ltd., the property owner. Steve quickly became an enthusiastic supporter. The plan is to recognize the building’s amazing entertainment history with an appropriate cast iron plaque to be affixed to the exterior of the building. This way, all who pass by can see where so many “greats” got their start, right in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Tom Kelly, Chairman of 501c3 non-profit Kelly Music for Life is supporting the fundraising effort. Kelly’s venue, The Kelly Center for Music, Arts and Community in Havertown houses a café and performance venue inspired by his experience with The Main Point.
Donations of all sizes are acceptable. However, the group is hoping at least 40 people will step forward with a $40 minimum donation to raise the money needed to create and install the commemorative plaque 40 years after closing. Donations will also fund an “invitation-only” reception, to include the first 40-40-40 donors, at the Kelly Center, where the plaque will be “unveiled” before its installation (of course, to “coffee house” music). That event is planned for this Summer.
If you would like to be a part of “forever remembering” The Main Point, your tax deductible donations can be made via PayPal or Credit Card Venmo donations also accepted @Kelly4music. Indicate “The Main Point Plaque” with your contribution.
Thanks to all you music lovers!