Event: 2012 CBGB Festival takes place on July, 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2012 in New York City and Brooklyn.


The festival will be a mixture of emerging artist showcases, music business conferences, rock and roll film screenings and industry panel discussions.

Music Showcases

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CBGB Festival will be presenting emerging artist showcases in over 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn on July 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th.

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Film Screenings

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CBGB Festival will present two days of film screenings of some of the best rock film/documentaries ever made and some that have never been seen in New York before.

Music Conference

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CBGB Festival will be presenting two days of music business/industry veterans of various panels that will be educated/informing/guiding young artists on how to succeed in today’s ever-changing music business.

Film Conference

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CBGB Festival will be presenting two days of film and photography veterans hosting workshops that will educate/inform/guide young artists on how to succeed in today’s ever-changing film and photography business.

Spirits Festival

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CBGB Festival will be bringing a new twist to the music conference/festival arena with a full-day Spirits Festival in downtown New York City on Sunday, July 8th that will incorporate some the best distillers of artisan spirits.

About CBGB

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.


CBGB Is Dead. Long Live CBGB

The New York Times – May 8, 2012

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.

Read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/arts/music/cbgb-owners-plan-a-festival-and-seek-a-new-location.html