Report: CBGB Festival Will Expand to Fort Lauderdale in 2015

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 at 6:00 am by

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CBGB after its closure in 2006

Known more for altercockers than punk rockers, Fort Lauderdale doesn’t usually register on the scale of music hotbeds. Nevertheless, the annual CBGB Festival – having just finished its third outing – is planning a southern spinoff sometime next year.

Details on the expansion remain paltry at best, but the local Sun Sentinel reports that “Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as a destination for independent film also played a role in creating the ‘great synergy’ needed to attract CBGB.” The organizers are still searching for time and place to host the gigs. FAT Village and Himmarshee are good bets.

Speaking of which, the original concert promoters – SW Productions – filed suit against the CBGB Festival earlier this month, “claiming that it owns the exclusive production rights for at least the next three years.” Sum sought is $30 million.

[The complaint] says CBGB cut SWP out of this year’s festival and now intends to produce the festival itself, with help from Numbers and Figures Inc. and iDEKO, which are run by former executives at SWP who helped produce previous festivals.

SWP says it has suffered millions in damages, since all its efforts this year to contact vendors, negotiate permits with the city, hire staff to man the event and create an operating budget “are now for naught.”

CBGB Festival allegedly grew out of, but now includes, the Times Square Festival, which SWP claims to have created in 2010, just after Macy’s decided to change the route of its Thanksgiving Day Parade to bypass Times Square.

CBGB recognized the “rare opportunity” of such a festival and “aggressively pursued the opportunity” to be part of it, acccording to the complaint.




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