The indie bands We Are Scientists
and Surfer Blood
will rub shoulders with ’70s and ’80s groups like Devo
and Jane’s Addiction
, the R&B singer Macy Gray
and the electronica artist Robert DeLong
at the third CBGB Music and Film Festival, a five-day celebration of diverse streams of rock and alternative music – as well as film about the music world. The festival will run Oct. 8 through Oct.12, organizers said, at sites in Manhattan — including Times Square, Center 548, Bowery Electric, City Winery and Pianos — and in Brooklyn, at Baby’s All Right, the Bell House, Saint Vitus, the Knitting Factory and the Trash Bar.
The festival, named for the Bowery club that was action central for New York punk in its heyday, is run by a group of promoters who bought the club’s assets, including its name and logo, after CBGB closed in 2006. The promoters put on the first CBGB festival in 2012. Last year they moved the festival from July to October, expanding it to five days and presented hundreds of bands. This year’s slate is more modest. The organizers, saying that they wanted to focus on quality rather than quantity this year, have scaled back the number of bands and solo performers to about 50.
Among the other bands on the festival roster are Mother Feather, Rocket and the Ghost, The Soft White Sixties, Electric Six, Mind Over Time, Scale Model, the Howl, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Wake the Sun.
The festival’s film screenings include several world premieres (including “Are We Not Men?,” a Devo documentary) as well as a showing of “This Is Spinal Tap” in honor of the 30th anniversary of the parody rock documentary. Other film highlights include “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” a film about a struggling musician who becomes the guardian of a musical prodigy for a summer, with Billie Joe Armstrong, Debra Messing and Leighton Meester; “The Winding Stream,” a documentary about the Carter and Cash families and their contribution to American roots music; and “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed,” a film about a Spanish teacher of English who meets John Lennon when he was filming in Spain in 1966.