The music world lost something great when CBGBs closed its doors in 2006; the venue was at the center of the beginnings of punk rock in America and hosted the first shows of such legendary bands as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, and more. However, while the storefront on the Bowery is now a John Varvatos boutique, the new folks behind CBGBs are planning to bring the club’s spirit back in an unusual way.
This summer will mark the first CBGB’s Festival, set to take place in July in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Taking the form something similar to the CMJ conference in the fall, the CBGB’s festival aims to highlight up-and-comers at a variety of venues while also highlighting more established underground acts. Headliners this year include Guided By Voices, Willie Nile, and David Johansen, as well as newer acts Cloud Nothings and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Tickets to the events, which include film screenings and conferences, are available through CBGB.com. The festival is set to go from July 5 through the 8th.
Below, footage of Patti Smith’s set at the final CBGB’s show on October 15, 2006: