Turn any corner in New York City and you will find a dozen restaurants, bars and live music venues. Social hangouts are everywhere in the Big Apple and one could spend years going out on a nightly basis and never end up in the same place twice.
Very few of these places are able to sustain over a period of time but every once in awhile, a place comes around that seems to become bigger than just four walls with a roof.
Back in 1973, a man named Hilly Kristal opened a music venue in the East Village that would play Country, Blue Grass and Blues. He took the acronym made by the three genres and named the bar CBGB.
In the early days, two New Yorkers convinced Kristal to let them work for him booking gigs for the venue and it wasn't long before Country, Bluegrass and the Blues were replaced with punk rock and new wave.
1. They had to move their own equipment
2. They could only play original songs
Throughout the 70's and the 80's, CBGB hosted some of the most popular bands of the times including The Ramones, The Talking Heads, The Police and Blondie. In the 90's, hardcore punk began to take over the venue and often times violence would break out causing the police to break up the shows.
Though it continued to operate until 2005, CBGB never saw the popularity it did from several decades ago. After legal disputes over missed rent payments, Kristal agreed on a settlement that CBGB would close its doors for good. Upon hearing this, many of the bands that made the club famous decided to play one last gig to honor the storied bar. On October 15, 2006, after one last Patti Smith concert, CBGB closed for good.