Published on October 8th, 2014 | by Greg0
Music And More: The Spirit Of CBGB Continues!
Gone but not forgotten: CBGB OMFUG was a defining venue for music in New York City, to the point where the Met Museum recreated the bathroom for one of their recent exhibitions (PUNK). Bringing it back to life is a nearly-weeklong concert and movie series, which we previously visited in it’s inaugural form. Starting today (yes, October 8th) and running through the weekend, don’t miss the wide and varied CBGB Music and Film Festival, with dozens of shows across Manhattan and Brooklyn venues ranging from Brooklyn Bowl to Leftfield.
This year, there’s an exciting free concert on Sunday in- where else- Times Square. We can’t wait to pack the place until it’s more chaotic than it normally is, and check out bands like lesser-known acts like Cheeky Parade, Face the King, Surfer Blood leading up to special performances by Devo and even Jane’s Addiction. Special notice: We Are Scientists takes the stage at 12:30, and if that’s not enough, there will be everything from a velcro wall to graffiti art, temporary tattos and haircuts, a surf simulator, classic arcade games, a dunk tank, and even apparently a “smashing pumpkins booth dedicated to The Smashing Pumpkins”. $100 separate VIP tickets to the Devo and Jane’s Addiction performances are available, and include access to either a screening or tickets to an awards ceremony.
Speaking of screenings, there are multiple nights of documentaries and concert films planned, as well as other music-focused movies (like This Is Spinal Tap, Music City USA, Champ of the Camp, and many more). Showing across four venues, a particular highlight is tonight’s event at 8:30PM: An Evening with Dirty South: Screening, Listening Party & Q&A. Billy Idol will be delivering the keynote address tomorrow, and there are a few other talks and special events as well.
But the real meat of the festival is definitely the concert lineup, with tickets individually available, and often at the door. We’re excited about tomorrow’s free show at Bowery Electric at 7PM, featuring Minks Miracle Medicin, Blue Eyed Bettys, The Basic Brothers, Human Behavior, and FU. Don’t miss Electric 6 at The Knitting Factory at 10PM tomorrow, and we’re definitely catching 5J Barrow, which won the WNYC Best Band in New York Battle of the Burroughs. Participating venues range from St. Vitus to Trash Bar, Fat Baby and Hank’s Saloon, and there’s something for just about everybody. And the bathrooms are sure to be way nicer.