After a doomed battle for survival, the legendary punk-rock New York club CBGB closed its doors six years ago, marking the end of an era that birthed some of the city's most iconic sounds. Now in 2012, a group of investors has rekindled the vision and bought the assets of the club, with plans to establish a CBGB music festival in various New York City venues this summer.
This inaugrual event will present emerging artist showcases in nearly two dozen venues including Webster Hall, Trash Bar and The Living Room spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn on Thursday July 5 and Friday 6. New acts and more established veterans will volley on the bill, which will culminate in July 7th's large free concert at Summerstage in Central Park.
Confirmed acts thus far include Guided By Voices, Cloud Nothings and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Cro-Mags, Vision of Disorder, Sick of It All, New York Dolls’ David Johansen, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, reunited punk band D Generation, Willie Nile and The Baseball Project, which features members of R.E.M. and Dream Syndicate.
The original CBGB on the Bowery was an incubator for acts like the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and Blondie.
Find out more info at the club/festival's official site.