the return of CBGB’s, sort of

do well remember what that the letters in CBGBs stand for

The famous New York club CBGB is now going to return as the CBGB Festival.

With a tagline of “Get Ready. Get Loud. Get Heard,” the CBGB Festival will happen over the dates of July 5 – 8. The previously announced festival will be held in about 30 venues in New York and play host to about 300 bands and will include a major event at Summerstage in Central Park. Craig Finn, Guided By Voices and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are part of the show, check out a more complete CBGB Festival Lineup here. Tickets are also on sale right now for $69 – $89.

“We’re never going to recreate that moment in time. 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,” said Tim Hayes, one of the investors when speaking to the New York Times.

The demise of CBGB in New York was lamented by pretty much, well everybody except the Bowery Residents Committee. There was talk by CBGB founder Hilly Kristal of bringing the club back in some way before his untimely death.

They’re making the CBGB Festival open to a variety of genres, true to the form of the original club, with some of the genres including “Alternative, Americana, Avant-garde, Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Funk, Goth, Jam Band, Jazz, Latin, Metal, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, and World. It’s a CBGB NYC party, all right.

“Named for the greatest rock-n-roll venue in the world; they proudly introduce the first Annual CBGB Festival. Experience four energy-fueled days & nights of music, rock-n-roll films, insider-industry workshops, and intimate storytelling; 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 by fostering live performances & personal expression from artists around the city and across the globe,” reads the original announcement.



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  1. I worked at cbgb a couple of times (as tour manager). what an utter shithole. nothing worked and no one cared, the stock response to any request was ‘blondie \ ramones whoever’ didn’t need that (you know like more than 8 input channels to work on the ancient desk) so who d’you think you are. a place so up its own arse with the nost arrogant useless staff who knew nothing about putting effort in to get a great show. I wasn’t surprised when it shut, they clearly felt they had a divine right to exist. utterly fuckin hateful place.

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