CBGB Summer Festival in the Works

Posted on: January 26th, 2012 at 6:44 am by

Yesterday morning, Gothamist revealed the juicy scoop that the legendary CBGB, which shuttered in 2006 after more than three decades on the Bowery, is rumored to make an illustrious return. Apparently the brand is aiming to find a new Manhattan home (Lower East Side?), though obviously not its now-posh 315 Bowery digs. This blockbuster news begs the age-old conundrum of whether beloved bars can legitimately survive when moving to a fresh location. Can the club remain viable without Hilly, despite having access to some of the old bar fixtures? At the very least, it seems CB’s would need to take over another falling-down shithole. Or, as EV Grieve asserts, maybe just reclaim the 313 Bowery gallery space which is still on the market.

Anyway, there’s much more to this story than meets the eye. We are hearing whispers that there are in fact much bigger plans in play regarding the alleged relaunch. An eagle-eyed Boogie tipster sent along the following Shepard Fairey-inspired bill which advertises a CBGB music festival this summer (July 3 -7). “CBGB Is Coming.” Shouldn’t it be phrased as “returning”?

Further details on the mysterious event are not available at the moment, but we understand that it’ll play an integral role in re-establishing the brand.

Recent Stories

aka-jessica-jones-bowery
Marvel’s ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ Netflix Series Returns to the Bowery Today

For the second time within a month, that new Netflix-funded Marvel Comics series will be filming on the Bowery. (They will also be in Alphabet City today) It’s called AKA Jessica Jones, but operating under the guise of a production entitled “Violet.” That’s the name listed on the “no parking” signs that arrived before the holiday weekend. […]

Chad Marlow vs. Gigi Li, June 2014
5 Questions with Chad Marlow on the Innerworkings and Alleged Corruption of CB3 [INTERVIEW]

After publishing the second installment of Erin Harvey’s op-ed examining the relationship between Sheldon Silver and Community Board 3, we thought it prudent to field a response from Gigi Li’s opponent in the 2014 chairperson election, board member Chad Marlow. Below are some choice excerpts from our interview. Bowery Boogie: Harvey’s piece opines that former […]

bwood-orchard-street
Brian Wood Skate Style Boutique Opens on Orchard Street

“We are devious,” a sign in the window of 147 Orchard Street proclaimed for the last couple weeks. The reason – a new “rebellious alternative” boutique has arrived. Fashion Designer Brian Wood opened a boutique just before the holiday. The so-called Woodshop now is in session. Here you can purchase BWOOD-brand skate styles. And its […]

53hester-reveal-1
Glassy Gertel’s Killing Condo Has Risen from the Dead on Hester Street

Once dubbed a “historic hole,” the former home of Gertel’s Bakery at 53 Hester Street is now filled with an eleven-story tumor. Sitting unpretty. Unencumbered, even. The finger building disrobed a couple weeks ago after many months of construction work. In fact, the project site was fallow until late last year. It’s been a long […]

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot rehearsal, July 2015
‘Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’ Debuts Thursday with New Venue at the CSV Center

If Essex Crossing is the greedy landlord, then “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” could be considered the harassed rent regulated tenant. The long-running troupe – the Drilling Company – spent twenty seasons entertaining locals in the former municipal car park at Ludlow and Broome Streets. That run ended with a performance of Othello last August, […]

  • Downtown Dan

    I would love to see CBGB return but they need to keep it true to the spirit of the original. Obviously they need a new location.  The Bowery is full of rich people now.

  • Lapinfam

    “The Brand”… wow. Sounds awful.  It was a club, a great and dirty club.  Now it’s a “brand”… I hate investors who try to relaunch “brands”… from the lame “Fairey-inspired artwork” on, this sounds awful…

  • Annie

    that teaser poster is a direct ripoff of Ken Taylor’s work for Soundwave Revolution. http://bit.ly/revposter

  • Pivers

    You can’ t step into the same river twice.

  • Robrob

    The music scene in NYC has been dead for a long time.  If CBGB reopens as a place for loud music and punks then I’ll be happy.   If they do some type of music festival that supports music then all the better!!!!!!!!   F#%k the haters

  • Bradley Jacob

    They should take over the old Sin-e space on Attorney St.

  • Gstritch

    CBGB Was My High School

  • anonymous

    this is such a bad idea and eats away at the soul of any real new yorker who spent their youth there. new york is so done. no dignity, just a brand, rubbing shit in the face.

  • anonymous

    this is such a bad idea and eats away at the soul of any real new yorker who spent their youth there. new york is so done. no dignity, just a brand, rubbing shit in the face.

  • James carroll

    I grew up going to all the old clubs and bars from the 70′ to the late 90′ moved to cali for 18 years and just came back to nyc and the city has lost it’s soul gone are the hookers,pimps,dealers and the junkies the old bar keepers hells kitchen is full of yuppy scum ,meat market district is no more all the gay bars on the lower westside are gone its like disney world well at least the nyc i grew up in that had charicter is gone