CBGB (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues) was a music club at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands like Ramones, Misfits, Television, the Patti Smith Group, Mink DeVille, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Fleshtones, The Voidoids, The Cramps, Blondie, The Shirts, and Talking Heads.
For the last six years the name CBGB has been little more than a logo on T-shirts for young people in the East Village. Now a group of investors has bought the assets of that famous punk-rock club, which closed in 2006, and plans to establish an ambitious music festival this summer, with an eye toward reopening the club at a new downtown location.
The new owners of the club’s assets — some with ties to the original Bowery establishment — say they hope that the festival will revive the wide-open artistic aesthetic associated with CBGB, which in its heyday served as an incubator for influential acts like Television, the Talking Heads, the Ramones, Blondie, Sonic Youth and Patti Smith.
“We’re never going to recreate that moment in time,” said Tim Hayes, one of the investors. “We’re trying to continue the idea of supporting live music, making a lot of noise and being a part of New York City. The festival is one way we can do it. Eventually the club will be another way we can do it.”
The four-day festival is scheduled to begin on July 5 and will showcase about 300 rock bands. Concerts will take place at around 30 places, from large stages like Central Park Summerstage and Webster Hall to small clubs like the Trash Bar in Williamsburg and the Living Room on the Lower East Side.
CBGB Announces Annual Festival, July 5 to 8 in New York City
Music, Film, Distilled Spirits and Conference!
Vinyl, What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf Live at Cat’s Cradle and Just Around The Corner to premiere at Festival!
Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, David Johanson and others headline stages!
Additional line up announcements in the coming weeks!
(New York, NY) Named for the greatest rock-n-roll venue in the world; we proudly introduce the first Annual CBGB Festival! Experience four energy-fueled days & nights of music, rock-n-roll films, insider-industry workshops, intimate storytelling and a huge collection of artisan distilled spirits; all LIVE, all in New York City. CBGB has defined music and culture for generations of people around the world. Universally recognized as the birthplace of punk, CBGB continues to define new music and popular culture, fostering live performances & personal expression from artists around the city and across the globe. Focusing on new music and emerging young bands, the CBGB Festival will stay true to the original mission of the CBGB & OMFUG club that once lived on the Bowery. “My father would have loved this and CBGB was always about the new bands,” said Lisa Kristal, daughter of CBGB Founder Hilly Kristal.
The festival includes four key components; live music stages, film premieres & screenings, a distilled spirits fest and conference panels across 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn over the four days. Badge and ticket prices are being kept as low as possible in comparison to other events around the country. For detailed information on line up schedules and to purchase festival badges go to: http://www.cbgb.com/.
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