Thursday, March 15, 2012
July 2012 CBGB Music Festival A Step Closer To Reality - Preliminary Festival Details Announced
Back near the end of January, rumors began to circulate that there were plans being made for a "new" CBGB club to open in Manhattan and that a CBGB music festival was to take place in the city as well, in July 2012. The above graphic quickly made the rounds and got everybody either: A) excited, or B) disgusted. The positive and negative chatter went on for a week or so and then seemed to die off as no new information on the CBGB club revival and/or festival have been forthcoming. The CBGB website has, for the past few months, been reduced to just a logo on the front page with no additional content.
I randomly checked CBGB.com this morning, as I occasionally do, to see if any additional information on the re-opening of the legendary punk dive and/or its rumored music festival has been released in the past few weeks - and lo and behold - the official website front page has all new graphics and design features. More interestingly, news of the CBGB Music Festival is featured prominently on the new front page, along with new dates. It looks now like the festival will take place July 4th - July 8th. Location is still not listed and neither are there any lists of talent scheduled to appear.
But, near the bottom of the front page, there is a line asking the question, "Want To Play At The CBGB Festival?" Clicking the link takes you to a SonicBids.com information page that reveals the following information:
"The CBGB Festival is a five day celebratory showcase of music, film, distilled spirits and learning. From The Bowery and the Lower East Side to the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, join them as they turn it up as loud as it will go this year during the 4th of July holiday week. July 4-8, 2012: Named for the greatest rock-n-roll venue in the world; they proudly introduce the first Annual CBGB Festival. Experience four energy-fueled days & nights of music, rock-n-roll films, insider-industry workshops, and intimate storytelling; all LIVE, all in New York City. CBGB has defined music and culture for generations of people around the world. Universally recognized as the birthplace of punk, CBGB continues to define new music and popular culture by fostering live performances & personal expression from artists around the city and across the globe.
The CBGB Festival will produce one of New York’s largest and most energetic music events in recent history . Rounding out the festival will be hundreds of performances, showcase concerts and music themed filmed parties & events in all five boros of NYC with a special focus on the Lower East Side & Brooklyn.
Attendees of the CBGB Festival will have a rare opportunity to showcase their creative talents to the numerous music fans from around the globe inclusive of leading record executives, award winning producers, managers, agents and globally published media. CBGB has always believed in supporting live music and new talent. The CBGB Festival aims to continue this tradition for many years to come."
"One of New York’s largest and most energetic music events in recent history?" Sounds pretty promising. And, according to that information, it seems this "festival" will be spread out across the city, taking place in multiple locations over several days. I'd imagine that for an event of this proposed size and scope to generate enough interest, and to bring in enough asses to fill the seats in order to be a success, that advertising and additional information will be released shortly. Of course, we'll update right here at TATSOL as we learn more details.