CBGB Music and Film Festival 2013 A Rousing Success
Hundreds of thousands of people filled Times Square on a picture perfect fall day to experience the 2nd Annual CBGB Music and Film Festival's largest event: a concert featuring My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, Lisa Loeb, a DJ set by James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem and dozens of other bands performing on multiple outdoor stages.
My Morning Jacket's set featured guests Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, TuNeYaRds' Merrill Garbus and Antibalas' horn section. Jakob Dylan joined the band for a rousing performance of "Don't Do It", echoing The Band's performance encore from the seminal film The Last Waltz.
Jim James of My Morning Jacket described his experience of performing on the CBGB Festival Stage in Times Square as "incredibly surreal and beautiful, like playing Red Rocks if Red Rocks was made of computers and light. The crowd had a great spirit! God Bless NYC!" The annual outdoor festival each Columbus Day Weekend will surely soon be one of the largest music events in North America.
The stages and festival grounds started on Broadway at 46th Street and stretched north towards Central Park for as far as the eye could see. Massive digital billboards and additional festival activities also extended south to 42nd Street giving the show an unmistakable feeling of New Year's Eve in Times Square but with better weather, better music and better food.
The CBGB Festival filled the streets with much more than music. Fans enjoyed extreme sports demos and booths with carefully curated music, clothing and crafts. This was a day that offered something for everyone including, in true punk spirit, a "smashing pumpkins" booth where kids could do just that.
The live music portion of the festival ended well past midnight on Saturday with an incredibly powerful performance by Ice T in the East Village. His show left the capacity crowd in awe as he displayed his unmatched ability to ignite excitement and passion in people.