Published on June 21st, 2012 | by Greg0
Prepare For CBGB: 300 Bands In Four Days
We’re just back from NXNE, where the lineup featured more than a dozen shows simultaneously at some points. And just as we’re catching our collective breath from the film and interactive and music overload, the CBGB Festival is coming to take it away again. Running from July 5th to 8th, this event looks to offer something for every music fan. Participating venues are spread throughout the city, from big ones like Central Park’s SummerStage and the Highline Ballroom, the Knitting Factory and Littlefield in Brooklyn, Webster Hall, Bowery Electric, and Brooklyn Bowl.
The list of acts keeps growing it seems, but confirmed groups include some amazing live bands: Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Guided By Voices, Fishbone, MXPX, Sophie Madeleine, and many more. It’s a pretty good lineup, and the best part is that you can see them all for one price- an all-access music pass costs only $79, about the price to see a single big-name touring concert.
But it’s not just music- there’s a film section as well, with a tight focus on documentaries and music-oriented programming. Bios on The Ramones, The Clash, Dandy Warhols, John Lennon, Wilco, Patti Smith, The Replacements, Kurt Cobain, and the others screen throughout the event. But several others caught our eye- Exit Through The Gift Shop is great (though widely available), and two films on the history of punk look like solid bets. Individual tickets will be available starting on Monday, or you can buy a pass for $159 that also includes access to a wide range of seminars and training workshops covering topics like “Eleven Things You Need To Know To Shoot A Musical Performance” and sessions on fundraising and scoring.
Finally, and intriguingly, there is also a “spirits fest” being held! Not many details are yet available, but we hear talk of craft brewers and artisan distilleries showing off their craft. Because, really, it’d be sad to feature so much live music and not find a way to include libations. Passes for all portions of the festival are available now, and are cheaper in advance than at the door. The original CBGB might be closed, but it’s clear that the spirit lives on. Join us for four days of fun in Manhattan this summer!