Posted in music | tour dates | venues on June 26, 2012

CBGB

Not too much has changed on the CBGB Festival schedule since we last spoke, but we found out and have confirmed that the multi-day (July 5-8), multi-venue, multi-genre NYC festival will host a free, multi-stage event in Times Square on Saturday, July 7th. The outdoor Times Square show, in addition to live music, will also have food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activations for people of all ages. We can't say WHO is playing in Times Square, but we do know that unlike Fidlar, Redd Kross and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the following CBGB Festival bands are still venueless: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Hold Steady, and Superchunk. Stay tuned for more info.

That said, it's pretty impressive that they pulled this off and it's definitely a rarity to be able to host a big, outdoor event, let alone a rock show like this in Times Square. It has also proved me wrong, at least to the person I was talking to at NXNE in Toronto when I said, "they would never do anything like this in NYC".

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Comments (38)

veddy eenteresting

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:19 PM

...where are 600 skinheads that used to pack the place in 1988 when you need them ...

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:26 PM

they sure do appear to be hosing this event.

Posted by sadrock | June 26, 2012 3:26 PM

worst festival ever and it hasn't even happened yet.

Posted by Brazilian Girls | June 26, 2012 3:33 PM

This is so horribly wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:38 PM

I sure hope Coldplay is going to headline this Time Square show. That would be awesome(-ly ridiculous).
CBGB = dead, get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:38 PM

this is seriously fishy,, NYC wanted CB's out like a splinter a few year back ,, now all of the sudden they are giving them the keys to the city

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:39 PM

This will be worse than the FORMS fest. We all remember the FORMS fest, right?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:43 PM

It'll be hilarious to see all of the tourists walking by without even looking at the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:45 PM

Where is the DMS crew when you really, really need them?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:47 PM

So what's the incentive for people who paid for badges already to see these bands? Also, why pose direct competition to the otther "free" CBGB Guided by Voices,Cloud Nothings, Pains of Being Pure at Heart show?

My bad, to be sure, but one thing I';ve learned between this and Northside festival is these badges are absolutely worthless. I will never be duped again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:47 PM

A free show in the most overcrowded and obnoxious part of NYC? If this ends up being Superchunk's show I'm going to be so mad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:48 PM

According to Superchunk's site, this is their show:

07/06/12 - 07/07/12 New York City Times Square
Free show, details TBA… stay tuned!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:51 PM

This is wrong in so many ways ... and yet, it somehow also seems to make sense with the way in which NYC operates these days. CBGB + Times Square ... like a bottle of briny Muscadet and oysters, like a bottle of aged Riesling with all its petrol goodness and goat cheese, like a bottle of Vin jaune and Comté cheese ... you get the idea. They pair really well and should be a smashing success.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:53 PM

the difference now is CBGB IS playing by NYC's rules

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 4:00 PM

fidlar is playing the studio at webster hall

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 4:02 PM

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 3:47 PM

Where is the DMS crew when you really, really need them?


my sentiments exactly except i chose to leave the specifics out ...

...where are 600 skinheads that used to pack the place in 1988 when you need them ...


Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 4:02 PM

>>According to Superchunk's site, this is their show:

07/06/12 - 07/07/12 New York City Times Square
Free show, details TBA… stay tuned!


That would actually be the day before what's reported in the post (and the day before the Cloud Nothings/GBV show)

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 4:05 PM

My anxiety kicks in when I see the words multi & day - too confusing for my tastes! This fest will be an EPICFAIL.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 4:15 PM

hosing??

Posted by mary frembgen | June 26, 2012 4:38 PM

I hate free shows in the center of Manhattan... How dare they !

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 4:55 PM

"veddy eenteresting"


I don't think anybody says it like this that's not a complete nerdo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 4:56 PM

Hahahaha!!! (1st) 3:26

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 5:03 PM

I heard Drake is headlining.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 6:08 PM

I heard best coast is headlining.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:44 PM

I played at CBs with several bands in the late 70s, early 80s. No one asked any of those bands to play. Boo Hoo

Posted by Local Eighties Rock Musician | June 27, 2012 12:29 AM

I heard Pixar is creating a Joey Ramone hologram for this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 1:23 AM

I heard LCD is headlining

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 10:42 AM

i heard your mom is headlining!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 11:44 AM

I hope they invite one of the greatest musicians to ever grace the stage S.V.=SONNY VINCENT who's band TESTORS was one of the greatest bands ever to play the club.

Posted by rich j | June 27, 2012 3:42 PM

Sick Of It All is TSQC (Times Square Core) like this:

Lyric Theater (yes, the one Travis Bickle took Betsy to on their first/only/last "date", haha) on W.42nd St. between 7th and 8th Avenues aka The Deuce opening for DRI 7/X/90

B.B King's on The Deuce (20th anniversary show) 9/17/06

Academy on W.43rd St. (Orange 9mm's first show) 6/13/93

Nokia Theater (now Best Buy Theater) opening for Dropkick Murphys X/X/05

The World Cafe w/Cro-Mags headlining where John Joseph and Harley actually shared a stage together 6/30/02 (a decade ago to the date Saturday)

The Ritz in the old Studio 54 space on W.54th St. 1/19/91 & 1/25/92 (last original Superbowls Of Hardcore), 10/X/92 (Just Look Around record release show with COC supporting)

I think one more time at The Ritz on 54th in '90, but I'm not sure.

Posted by D | June 28, 2012 3:07 AM

Total Request Live.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 6:27 AM

'Forgot Sick Of It All also played Roseland three times: '95 supporting Helmet,'99 supporting Slayer, and '04 on the NY show of Jamey Hatebreed's Stillborn Fest.

Posted by D | June 28, 2012 12:40 PM

I heard Pixar is creating a Joey Ramone hologram for this.

Posted by sook | June 29, 2012 7:36 AM

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http://eastvillage.thelocal.nytimes.com/category/nightclubbing/

Posted by Emily | July 5, 2012 3:31 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by jocuri | September 4, 2012 5:32 PM

I really like this festival.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 1:01 PM

best music for the fans. great site and post.

Posted by inflora condo | October 13, 2013 12:55 AM

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