Devo are going for a bit of double-duty: The band will perform and the film Hardcore Devo will receive its world premiere during the festival. Surfer Blood, We Are Scientists, Robert DeLong and Macy Gray are among the music festival’s headliners; a 30th anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap and a new film starring Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong and singer-actress Leighton Meester, Like Sunday Like Rain, will screen during the film festival.
Tim Hayes, CBGB Festival co-owner and executive producer, says Jane’s Addiction “not only create a new style of music, they also helped shape the modern day festival landscape. We’ve got a few surprises with Jane’s around their performance. They’re participating heavily in the festival.”
CBGB Festival will be held at venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Times Square, Center 548, Bowery Electric, City Winery, Pianos, Knitting Factory and elsewhere. Tickets for the festival go on sale Sept. 4, while full details of the schedule are a week or so away.
More than 50 music acts, most of them up-and-comers, will perform at the music festival booked by Louise Staley, who managed the Bowery club the last 22 years of its existence, 1984 to 2006. Among the bands scheduled to play this year are the Soft White Sixties, the Muffs, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, the Howl, Hot Blood and the Battery Electric.
“We think CBGB represents a state of mind – just as there are a lot of people who wear Ramones T-shirts but never got to experience them in person, but somehow feel connected with them just the same,” Hayes says. “We honor the history but at the same time try to move forward. The festival is consistent with the club in discovering new music and new artists.”
Joining the Devo documentary on the slate of music-oriented films are Like Sunday Like Rain starring Meester, Debra Messing and Armstrong; With You, a short about house DJ Dirty South; The Winding Stream, Beth Harrington‘s documentary on the Carter and the Cash families; and Nick Hall‘s I Need a Dodge, inspired by Joe Strummer‘s time in Spain in 1984 and ’85.
“There’s a special electricity in the lobbies of the movie theaters when everyone is passionate about music,” Hayes says. “We treat venues like bars and get the crowds a little bit lubricated. We play the movies a little bit louder, try to make it more of a concert, more of a party.”
Other films screening include Big in Japan, All Together Now, Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nation’s Capital, Find Your Way: A Busker’s Documentary, Music City USA and Austin to Boston.
The full schedule for the CBGB Music & Film Festival, keynote speaker, IconAward and other festival activities will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event. For updates, visit CBGBFest.com.
Full list of CBGB Fest bands and films so far:
We Are Scientists
Rocket and the Ghost
The Soft White Sixties
Mind Over Time
Regret the Hour
Bridges and Powerlines
J and the 9s
Vision of Disorder
Jeremy and Harliquins
Brand of Julez
Lily and the Parlour Tricks
We Are Temporary
Alejandro Meolo and Robinsones
Sons and Hiers
Wake the Sun
The Off White
The Battery Electric
This Is Spinal Tap
Like Sunday Like Rain
The Winding Stream
Are We Not Men? The Devo Documentary
Big in Japan
I Need A Dodge
All Together Now
Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nation’s Captial
A Film About Kids and Music
A Decade With an Unsigned Rock Band
Find Your Way: A Busker’s Documentary
Riot on the Dance Floor
Music City USA
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed
Austin to Boston
CBGB the Movie
It’s Who You Know
Alone in North America