CBGB Festival lineup announced
As rumors continue to swirl that the investors who bought the assets of the late New York punk mecca CBGB and OMFUG last year plan to resurrect the hallowed club in some form, the inaugural CBGB Festival will be taking place at various locations around New York and Brooklyn July 5-8. Passes are still available at the festival website.
Announced acts so far include a handful of CBGB vets, including a solo show by the New York Dolls' David Johansen and Rocket from the Tombs, the Cleveland proto-punks whose early split begat both Pere Ubu and The Dead Boys. A hardcore set featuring Cro-Mags and Sick of It All will revisit the '80s incarnation of the venue, while current indie bands who likely would have played CBGB if it still existed -- including The War On Drugs, Cloud Nothings, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -- will also be represented. CM's favorite comedian Reggie Watts will also perform, while unintentional comedy will be provided by a full-band set from '70s hanger-on Bebe Buell, whose 1981 EP Covers Girl proved that singing was not among her talents and who is today best known for being Liv Tyler's mom, the partial inspiration for Kate Hudson's character in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, and the likely target of some of ex-boyfriend Elvis Costello's most cutting songs.
No word yet if the organizers, in search of full CBGB authenticity, will make all of the venues smell like stale beer, cigarette smoke and urine.
|Blondie live at CBGB, 1975|