CBGB Festival Returns

ramonesIf you haven’t heard, 2013’s CBGB Music & Film Festival is kind of a big deal. And if you’re still stuck on what CBGB even stands for, don’t worry; I’ll explain.

Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, CBGB (Country, Bluegrass, and Blues) was a music club at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in Manhattan, a then-little-known rock club that is now remembered as the home of underground music and the birthplace of the American punk movement. That little club has seen it all—from Guns ‘N’ Roses to Lou Reed, Pearl Jam to The B52’s—but perhaps most notably, the very first shows of punk rock pioneers The Ramones. The club closed in October 2006 with a final performance by Patti Smith, but in 2012, CBGB was reborn as the largest music festival in New York City.

This year’s CBGB Music & Film Festival will take place on October 8-13 in New York City and will feature more than 500 artists in over 175 venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Get ready for a plethora of performances with a crazy range of genres that include: punk, pop, hardcore, thrash, electro, Americana, country, experimental, and more. And mark your calendars for October 12th, where you can find a massive free show in Times Square featuring live performances by My Morning Jacket, The Wallflowers, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, Atlas Genius, Lisa Loeb, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr., and hundreds more. James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) is also set to perform a special DJ set.

There are a number of ways to participate in the historic CBGB Festival. CBGB The Movie, starring Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, premieres at the Landmark Theater on Tuesday, October 8th to kick off the festival itself. Tickets and badges for the Red Carpet Premiere and three additional different tiers of festival access are available on the CBGB website.

Even more acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks, so check out their website for the latest updates and additions.

By Lucy Deller

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