Arts Watch: CBGB Alive and Well at the CBGB Festival

CBGB, the legendary rock club long associated with the bands that spawned the punk-rock music scene, may have closed its doors six years ago but its music still lives on. And this week, in homage to the club that once lived on the Bowery, the CBGB Festival makes its debut with an incredible line up of live music stages, film premieres and screenings, and conference panels at 40 venues over  four days.

Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 on the principle of only showcasing artists who performed original material, CBGB became an incubator for the diverse underground scene of New York in the 1970s and early ’80s. As early as 1976, it was a hot bed of what would later be considered “iconic music talent” including the Ramones, Patti Smith Group, Talking Heads, Blondie, Television, The Dead Boys, Suicide and The Fleshtones, to name a few.