Former Location –
CBGB was a music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan’s on Bowery in the East Village.
Most of the major acts from the 70’s played here including Blondie, David Bowie, The Talking Heads and The Dead Boys. The Ramones played their first gig here on August 16, 1974.
CBGB & OMFUG is an acronym for “Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers.” We believe that the founder of the club, Hilly Kristal, was referring to voracious eaters of music when he coined the term “Gormandizers”.
Due to an ongoing rental dispute, the club closed for good after its final concert, featuring Patti Smith, on October 15, 2006.
New York NY 10003