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The Main Point was a small coffeehouse venue on Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The club was famous for its small intimate atmosphere and inexpensive ticket prices. It hosted performers such as Livingston Taylor, Kate Taylor, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, John Prine, Allen Ginsberg, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Jonathan Edwards, Deodato, Bill Withers, Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Joni Mitchell, Odetta, and Leonard Cohen. The Main Point also offered performances by classic folk, blues, bluegrass and country legends to younger audiences.

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History

The Main Point was formed in 1964 by Jeanette Campbell as a small folk-based coffeehouse venue. The venue was popular among both musicians and listeners. Dan Fogelberg cited the venue as one of his two favorite places to perform[1].

The venue was popular for not only its music, but also for its homemade food and homebaked goods. The venue constantly ran into financial troubles related to its intimate size (ironically, its size was what made it so popular). Musicians gave benefit concerts for the coffeehouse to help it out of its financial straits. Some of these concerts were broadcast over the local progressive rock radio station WMMR, and many well known bootleg recordings have been made from these performances. The Main Point finally closed its doors in 1981.

The Point

The Point, the successor to The Main Point, was opened several doors down from the original Main Point in 1998. The Point lost its lease and had to close its doors in 2005. The Point Entertainment company continues to book shows around the greater Philadelphia area; they produced the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2008.

Concerts

The caliber of the performers, coupled with the intimate venue, resulted in many memorable performances. One concert stands out as a particularly legendary event. On February 5, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at The Main Point. Springsteen played for 160 minutes, offering epic versions of "New York City Serenade" and "For You". The concert also featured the first live performance of "Thunder Road", under its earlier title, "Wings for Wheels". The concert was given as a benefit, broadcast over WMMR, and hosted by deejay Ed Sciaky. Later that year, Jackson Browne and David Lindley also performed in a series of benefits for the struggling club.

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