CBGB Festival 2013: My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear + Take Over Times Square – Exclusive Photos
From the annual New Year's Eve ball drop to Paul McCartney's recent impromptu concert, Times Square has been the location for some of New York City's most memorable musical events. So what better place for the 2013 CBGB Festival to host its closing event, right?
From 47th to 53rd St., right in front of 'Late Night with David Letterman's studio, CBGB took over a section of the city on Saturday night (Oct. 12), offering various stalls of great food and shopping, a small half-pipe and two stages that served as bookends for the event. While everything between the stages lured in tourists who'd ventured into midtown Manhattan that day, it was the music that drew in the bulk of the crowd. Lisa Loeb and the Wallflowers brought the '90s nostalgic, while Divine Fits, Grizzly Bear and My Morning Jacket brought in the more current sounds. James Murphy also started a dance party with a DJ set at the south stage.
While there was some chatter about why the event didn't bring in any talent from the old CBGBs days, when the legendary punk club served as hub of the downtown punk scene, the energy and spirits were high in Times Square. Every act turned in a great performance, but it was My Morning Jacket that clearly stole the show. Whether jamming with TuNeYaRds' Merrill Garbus and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard on a version of Fela Kuti's 'Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am' or simply playing their own tunes, hair-flipping frontman Jim James and the gang kept the crowd plenty pumped up.
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