CBGB Times Square Event Deemed a Success

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“Draws a huge crowd” according to organizers; free concert features My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers and Lisa Loeb plus DJ set by James Murphy.

 By Blurt Staff

 Hundreds of thousands of people filled Times Square on Saturday (Oct. 12), on “a picture perfect fall day” for the CBGB Music & Film Festival’s closing day event, a free concert featuring My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers and Lisa Loeb, as well as a DJ set by James Murphy.

 My Morning Jacket’s set featured guests Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, TuNeYaRds’ Merrill Garbus and Antibalas’ horn section. Jakob Dylan joined MMJ for a rousing performance of the Holland-Dozier-Holland classic “Don’t Do It”, echoing The Band’s performance as the encore of The Last Waltz.

 Jim James of My Morning Jacket described his experience of performing in Times Square as “incredibly surreal and beautiful, like playing Red Rocks if Red Rocks was made of computers and light. The crowd had great spirit! God Bless NYC!”

 Stretching from 46th Street all the way up to 52nd on Broadway the festival filled the streets with much more than music. Featuring gourmet food vendors, extreme sports demos, and vendors with carefully curated music, clothing and crafts to offer, this was a day that offered something for everyone — including, in true rock and roll fashion, a “smashing pumpkins” booth where kids did just that.

 Speaking about the festival, co-owner Tim Hayes said, “We want to make every Columbus Day Weekend a time when the whole world can celebrate Hilly Kristal’s dream of presenting live music to the largest audience possible.  There is no better spot than the crossroads of the world, Times Square.”

 The CBGB Music & Film Festival aims to transform Columbus Day Weekend into a six-day annual celebration that will include the largest free concert in New York City each year in Times Square along with hundreds of other special moments.

 This week’s CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013 in New York City featured hundreds of bands in over 175 venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The event also hosted more than 125 speakers and 100 new music themed feature films and documentaries, including the premiere of the motion picture CBGB.

 Jim James of My Morning Jacket photo: Getty Images for CBGB; for a photoset of photos from the Festival click here. Meanwhile, go here to read the BLURT review of the frankly awesome soundtrack to the film.

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