On Saturday, July 7th, 2012, CBGB will present a historic and unprecedented multistage outdoor free concert event in Times Square as part of the larger city wide CBGB Festival. The bands confirmed to appear are Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, The Hold Steady, Upper West, Zulu Wave and GLINT. Featuring over 300 bands, the CBGB Festival has an incredible line up of live music stages, film premieres and screenings, rock-n-roll comedy and conference panels at 40-plus venues over the four days from July 5th to 8th, 2012. The first Annual CBGB Festival will stay true to the original mission of the CBGB & OMFUG club that once lived on the Bowery focusing on new music and emerging young bands. “In an effort to bring live music and concerts to the largest possible audience in the world, we proudly announce the details surrounding this historic free outdoor concert,” said Tim Hayes, one the owners of CBGB. “Anchored in Times Square and Central Park the annual CBGB Festival will present hundreds of musicians, bands, movie premieres, comedy showcases, conferences and workshops in New York City each year.”
For detailed schedule and to purchases festival passes please go to http://www.cbgb.com . To purchase tix to individual film screenings please go to http://bit.ly/N1pW8a for July 5th tickets and to http://tktwb.tw/Ok2pQZ for July 6 – 8 tickets. Tickets to many individual rock n’ roll movies & live shows are available for purchase via each participating venue.
During the festival many new bands will have the amazing opportunity through submissions and scouting to open for a headliner. Key highlights include; Agnostic Front will reprise their infamous performance from 1989’s, Live at CBGB at Webster Hall with NY hardcore favorites, Madball, the Cro-Mags, Vision of Disorder and Sick of It All also at Webster Hall, an amazing show at SummerStage in Central Park with Guided by Voices, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cloud Nothings and War On Drugs, as well as line ups with Fishbone, FIDLAR, The Virgins, David Johansen, Glen Matlock (the Sex Pistols), D Generation, The Baseball Project (Mike Mills of R.E.M & Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate), JD Samson & MEN, MXPX, Reggie Watts, The Dirty Pearls, LA Guns, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Lissy Trullie and many more.
An incredible line up of rock themed film premieres, screenings and Q/As at the CBGB Festival include; the World Premiere of The Rise and Fall of The Clash documentary about the untold story of the implosion of the legendary band at the height of success, the New York City Premiere of Bob and the Monster about the life and struggles of indie-rock hero and life changing Celebrity Rehab drug addiction counselor Bob Forrest , the East Coast premiere of much talked about scripted feature Vinyl, based on The Alarm’s Mike Peters fooling the youth obsessed UK music industry by having a fresh faced punk band put out their new music, the U.S. Premiere of the What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf live at Cat’s Cradle by Director Gorman Bechard and the New York Premiere of Just Around The Corner about the life of Parkinson’s disease activist and entertainment manager Bob Benjamin . Other notable appearances at the festival include Cheetah Chrome, Jeff Magnum of The Dead Boys, Genya Ravan, Tommy Ramone and Ramone’s tour manager Monte Melnick , world famous photographer Bob Gruen , actors Perry Benson and Sara Sugarman , Sirius XM’s Jake Fogelnest , Director Amir Bar-Lev, Director Celine Danhier and many others. All premieres will take place at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema with additional screenings at The Film Anthology and The Mango Screening Room.
The CBGB Festival Conferences will be lead by industry professionals providing insight on everything from “Making Great Sounding Records” to “Celebrity Rehab” with Bob Forrest to the not to be missed “CBGB – Tales From The Club” series. With the involvement of speakers like Ramones manager Danny Fields , artist and model Bebe Buell and others that were there during these pivotal periods, along with famed record producers, managers, label presidents, and people currently helping to shape the new music business, this will be two days of can’t miss discussion. All conferences and workshops will take place at the Sunshine Cinema and The Film Anthology.
CBGB is deeply honored to present Krist Novoselic as the Keynote Speaker for the CBGB Festival. As a founding member of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic, along with band mates, Kurt Cobain and David Grohl, changed the course of music history forever. After Nirvana, Novoselic went on to become one of rock’s most politically minded musicians. In 2005, Krist joined the Board of Directors of the electoral reform organization FairVote. Since 2008, he has served as the Chair of the Board. FairVote is a catalyst for reforming elections to respect every vote and every voice through bold approaches to increase voter turnout, meaningful ballot choices and fair representation. The primary theme of his keynote address will be association and how it can transform politics. Mr. Novoselic will weave personal experiences with punk in the ’80s and how youth culture built support structures outside of the governmental and corporate spheres. He will also touch upon the current atmosphere of social media as the newest form of association and how it promises to bring a new wave of political change to the United States. Following his address, Mr. Novoselic will participate in an audience Q & A.
For those who don’t know, CBGB and OMFUG stands for Country, BlueGrass and Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers. The landmark rock club is forever a part of history as the birthplace of punk rock. Founded by Hilly Kristal on the principle of only showcasing artists who performed original material, by 1976 CBGB was a hot bed of what would later be considered iconic music talent including the Ramones, Patti Smith Group, Talking Heads, Blondie, Television, The Dead Boys, Suicide and The Fleshtones just to name a few. In the next decade, the first wave of hardcore bands played legendary Sunday matinee line ups that included Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, The Beastie Boys, Cro-Mags, Sick of It All, Misfits, Murphy’s Law and others. More international stars walked through the doors or appeared on the stage at CBGB than any other venue in New York City, ranging in styles from The Police to Green Day to Guns & Roses to Alan Jackson.