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CBGB Scouting SXSW - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


CBGB Scouting SXSW


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CBGB at SXSWCBGB Flyers on a newspaper box in Austin.

The new CBGB is looking for a few good bands at South By Southwest.

One of the owners of the lucrative brand passed along this photo of CBGB flyers posted on newspaper boxes in Austin, Texas. “We are looking to be honest, raw, loud. We are not going to franchise or turn into the Hard Rock Cafe or CMJ but we do want punks to take over the city for one week this summer,” wrote the owner, who still wishes to remain anonymous. “We’ll try to prove that in just a few months.”

The co-owner also noted that he and his partners are still in the hunt for a permanent venue, likely south of Houston Street. At least one former staffer from the legendary club is said to be involved, as well. In the meantime, they are scouting bands in Austin for the CBGB music festival set for July 4 weekend.

Yesterday This Ain’t The Summer of Love spotted new details about the festival, which will take place in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. The event will feature a mix of “music, rock-n-roll films, insider-industry workshops, and intimate storytelling.”