The 2013 CBGB Music Festival is fast approaching, and it has just been announced that Seymour Stein will be honored with the inaugural CBGB Icon Award. Additionally, the keynote address will be given by Van Toffler, previously the president of MTV Networks, and now president of Viacom's Music and Logo networks. Combined with the screening of the new CBGB film, this second annual CBGB Music Festival is sure to be an exciting and memorable one.
Seymour Stein was the founder of Sire Records, which signed numerous artists who performed regularly at CBGB. Bands like Talking Heads, the Ramones, and the Dead Boys all frequented the New York City club and were signed to Stein's Sire Records. On October 8th, Stein will receive the Icon Award for his genuine support of artists and music. As the official announcement states:
For the first ever CBGB Icon Award, there was really only one possible choice and that is Seymour Stein. Seymour's career in the record industry stands alone as something truly amazing. One must applaud the fact that he took so many of the early CBGB bands like Ramones, The Dead Boys and Talking Heads out from the Bowery to successes beyond measure. We are humbled that Seymour has agreed to accept this award on Oct 8.
This year's CBGB festival will be larger than the first: Whereas last year saw about 300 artists, this October there will be 500 performers playing 175 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Additionally, there will be 125 speakers and 100 films. Among these is the premiere of CBGB on October 8th. The film chronicles the iconic punk club from its beginnings in the 1970s. There is also a soundtrack album for the film, set for release on the same day.
The CBGB Music Festival will run from October 9-13. Badges for the festival can be purchased here.