CBGB closes September 30

Published: 2006-07-10
Legendary concert venue CBGB is closing its doors on September 30.

The New York City club was opened by Hilly Kristal in 1973 as a venue for Country Bluegrass and Blues; hence the name CBGB. But the venue didn't become popular until a year later when upstart punk bands began using the venue to perform because they weren't accepted at other, larger venues.

Bands like Television, Blondie and The Ramones made CBGB their home and made the venue the birthplace of American punk music.

Recently the Kristal has been embroiled in legal battles with the owners of the building where CBGB is locatedóthe Bowery Residents' Committee. In spite of musicians rallying to save the birthplace of punk, the BRC decided not to renew the clubs' lease and Kristal will be out by September 30.

But before he goes, Kristal plans to mark the end of a musical era with a two month music festival leading up to the club's close. No acts have been announced yet but rumors swirl that it may include some of the punk pioneers that made the venue famous.

It has also been reported that Kristal may move the club to Las Vegas.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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notable fact: gawker posted a while back that CBGB's hasn't paid rent for something like three years.
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