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CBGB Fest 2012 Brings Back The Bowery and the Blitzkrieg Bop

cbgb fest posterJohnny Thunders said you can’t put your arms around a memory, but at least you can celebrate a memory with over 25 amazing New York punk acts. From July 5-8, 2012, The CBGB Festival will be blitzkreiging across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

You may ask yourself, “what does CBGB mean and what does it have to do with punk?” Opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal, CBGB actually stands for Country Blue Grass and Blues, but since none of those acts would set foot in 1970’s New York Bowery, the club showcased acts desperate enough to play there like The Ramones, The Damned, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, The Talking Heads, The Stooges, and other fine upstanding citizens.

The club itself shut down in 2006, but the memory lives on and is celebrated by this festival.  The music festival includes over 300 acts spread out over 30 venues. Bands include :

  • Tommy Ramone
  • Jahn Xavier
  • Andy Shernoff
  • Tom Wynbrandt
  • Steve Almaas
  • Deborah Frost
  • Agnostic Front
  • L.A. Guns
  • Lachi and Meridian Gold
  • Lisa Bianco and The Fury
  • Maximum Penalty
  • Sick F*cks
  • The War on Drugs
  • Thee Swank Bastards

Not just a music festival, the CBGB Festival also includes a wide range of films on the history of the punk scene. Movies being shown include:

  • American Hardcore (with special guests)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Clash (Premiere, with special guests)
  • Just Around the Corner (Premiere, with special guests)
  • Vinyl (Premiere, with special guests)
  • Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen

CBGB Festival will also present 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 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston St.) and the Magno Screening Room (729 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor). Speakers include:

  • Missy Cohen
  • Eric Lau
  • Kenzo Digital
  • Stephen Trask
  • Tony Jannelli

And more.

So come one, come all to celebrate the filth and the fury! The CBGB Festival is a summer music fest that is sure to assault the sense. GABBA GABBA HEY!

For more information, go to

The CBGB Festival
July 5-8, 2012

Various Locations

Landmark Sunshine Cinema
143 East Houston St.
New York, NY

Magno Screening Room
729 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor
Times Square
New York, NY

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