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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

2012 New Music Seminar & NY Music Fest Brings Info & Music Together

new music logo bigOver 25 years ago, The New Music Seminar had dominated the New York indie music scene as one of two go-to events (the other being CMJ's Music Marathon) for bands, managers, rock critics, concerts bookers, club owners, deejays, and every other kind of this world's denizens to network and get business done outside the major labels' control.

It has been revived and is an organization that looks to “create a new economic model that rewards artists, their investors and those in artist services” is organizing the New York Music Festival across 17 venues from June 17th - 20th, 2012, in addition to the seminar itself.

Part concert, part indie music summit the 2012 New Music Seminar & NY Music Fest brings together musicians, and industry movers-and-shakers coming to discuss and consider different views on the future of the music industry and how it can better help artists.

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The Semi-Annual Django Reinhardt NY Festival 2012

DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL 2012Calling all jazz lovers out there!

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival returns June 19-24, 2012, at the great Manhattan jazz club Birdland for another year of jazzy music with the "Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz" from France featuring artists Anat Cohen (saxophone, clarinet -- June 19 & 20), Cyrille Aimee (vocals -- June 23 & 24), and Grace Kelly (sax -- June 21 & 22).

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Int'l Society for Improvised Music Festival 2012

The International Society for Improvised Music Festival 2012, taking place February 16th – 19th at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, will kick-off 9am Friday morning with a distinquished Keynote Panel featuring Karl Berger, founder and director of Creative Music Studio, and Douglas Ewart, Chair of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.  

The panel's presentations and discussions will focus on the interactions that took place between members of Creative Music Studios and AACM during the 70’s and 80’s, and the repercussions that are still being felt today.


"The discussions concerning the philosophies that governed CMS and AACM should prove to be ofgreat interest to the new generation of improvisers today, " said Berger, who has been actively developing improvised orchestras for the past forty years.  Berger, the co-founder with Ornette Coleman and Ingrid Sertso of the legendary Creative Music Studio and its parent organization, the Creative Music Foundation. CMS is credited as the birthplace of Worldjazz - the improvisational and compositional expansion of the world's musical traditions. Now one of the main driving forces in many styles of music, this concept was pioneered very early at CMS, guided by authentic leaders. Hundreds of live concerts were recorded, many heralded as landmark performances. Thousands of workshops, master classes, concerts and colloquia inspired a generation of musicians who took with them the ideas, concepts and practices developed with Berger. The CMS community still exists in a remarkable network of creative musicians, many of whom came to the studio from Asia, Europe and South America. Fellow panel participant Douglas R. Ewart is a composer, improviser, sculptor and is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most important talents in improvised music.  

Saturday events conclude with an evening festival concert directed by Karl Berger with the 25-member University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra. A key component of this concert will be the CMS model of a site-specific open workshop followed by a complete orchestral performance. The event has already begun, so act now!

For more information on the Conference, check out their web site here: Int'l Society for Improvised Music ISIM

Intern'l Society for Improvised Music Festival 2012
February 16-19, 2012

William Paterson University
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ

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