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Concerts Set to Help Bail Out CBGB

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Next month, an array of punk musicians young and old will perform fundraising concerts to help keep the legendary New York music club CBGB open. The club is in danger of losing its lease.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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SIMON: Punk rockers young and old will try to unite to save CBGB. The legendary music club on the Bowery in Lower Manhattan was the launching pad for bands like the Talking Heads and The Ramones, but CBGB is in danger of losing its lease. Why? Why does anything happen in Manhattan? Real estate. Their rent's been raised. The club's landlord is not Donald Trump. It's a non-profit organization called the Bowery Residence Committee that provides services and shelter to homeless people. The Misfits, Dead Boys, Gorilla Biscuits, Flipper, Kid Dynamite and the World/Inferno Friendship Society are among the musicians who will play a series of concerts throughout August to raise money for the Save CBGB Fund. David Byrne has offered to try to mediate between the homeless activist landlords and the punk club owners. Owner Hilly Krystal says we support their efforts to help the homeless, but we just want our lease renewed to keep this historic venue in its original place.

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Unidentified Band: (Singing) All those beauties--they're going to swallow you...

SIMON: Coming up, before punk, there was the cackle and the yodel. Stay tuned for the Cackle Sisters.

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