Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28: Hilly Kristal, co-founder of the Schaefer Music Festival and the club CBGB died on this day in 2007.

Kristol Cleaning Up

He died of lung cancer at the age of 75.

In 1968 Kristal, a club owner and promoter, co-founded the Schaefer Music Festival with concert promoter Ron Delsener; the festival took place every year until 1976 in NYC's Central Park and featured superstars from all music genres like The Who, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, Bob Marley, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Ike & Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Curtis Mayfield, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, The Doors and many other bands.

In 1970 Hilly opened a bar in the Bowery section of New York called "Hilly's on the Bowery". Then, in December 1973, he created the club "CBGB and OMFUG", an abbreviation of the kinds of music he intended to feature there: "Country, Blue Grass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers." The club became known as the starting point for the careers of such punk rock and New Wave acts as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Television, and Blondie. b. September

Joan Jett at CBGB

Duane Allman with Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett at Schaefer Music Festival
CBGB Forever
CBGB and OMFUG Website

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