(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Long Branch based Brighton Bar Records was invited to curate a night at the vast and upcoming CBGB Music & Film Festival. The relatively new label is excited to announce Pat Dinizio, frontman for the legendary rock band The Smithereens, will headline their festival show on Saturday, October 12th at the Cake Shop, located on the lower east side of Manhattan. They assembled a lineup of high energy bands which includes the label's own acts Jon Caspi & The First Gun and The X-Men. DiNizio, Caspi, and The X-Men have all performed at the original CBGB's and bring the historic club's sensibilities to their shows.
In its second
year, the CBGB Festival will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the
famous club. It runs for five nights from October 9th to the 13th
offering music performances from 700 artists at over 175 participating
venues, and premiers an estimated 40 new movie titles and 100
screenings, including the premier of CBGB: The Movie.
is perhaps most well-known as the lead singer for The Smithereens who
had chart-topping hits appearing on the radio like "Behind the Wall of
Sleep," "Only a Memory," "A Girl Like You," and "Blood and Roses." They
racked up gold and platinum records, performed on top-rated television
programs such as The Tonight Show, MTV Unplugged and Saturday Night
Live, as well as on stages all over the world. After 32 years together
as a band, The Smithereens continue to tour and record. When not
touring with The Smithereens, DiNizio performs their hits and solo
material during solo performances such as the Brighton Bar Records night
for the CBGB Festival.
Brighton Bar Records kicked off this past
spring at a packed release party at its home, the legendary Brighton Bar
- sometimes referred to as "the CBGB's of NJ." The label's first
releases include an EP by The X-Men, a full-length album by Jon Caspi
& The First Gun, and a 7" vinyl split featuring both bands. Both
bands have a long and esteemed history in the New Jersey music scene.
Jon Caspi & The First Gun's track "Raise Em High!" has become a
local cult hit, and The X-Men's live shows are legendary. Upcoming for
the label is a compilation featuring national old-school punk rock acts.
Captain Sensible of The Damned, the Angry Samoans, and Anti-Nowhere
League are among the well-known acts that have already signed on.
label as curators added three other acts to the night including
Creeptones, a NJ-based alternative rock power-pop band that finished 9th
out of 12,000 bands in this year's Hard Rock Cafe's worldwide
competition; Bronze Fondue, an eclectic and costumed indie outfit from
NYC that don't perform often, but when they do they always pack the
venue; and Pittsburgh's Nic Lawless & His Young Criminales, a
punk/indie band making their name via old school basement punk shows.