CBGB OMFUG opened by Hilly Kristal in 1974 on 315 Bowery in New York City.

hilly Kristal

The acronym CBGB OMFUG stand for Country Blue-Grass and Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers.

CBGB’s had a set price for every show, $8 no matter who was playing. Once again allowing anyone who wanted to see their favorite band had the chance to, and at a minimal cost to show goers.


CBGB OMFUG would have one nighta week where the venue would have audition night, a sort of open mic night that would allow the venue to hire the band if they did well enough. Hilly made sure that audition night was always held, even if he had gotten an offer for a big name band to play, he would refuse and insist that audition night be held. The consistent-ness of audition night assisted in the growth of CBs reputation; every musician gets a fair chance.

CBGB’s was a refuge for Rock and Roll musicians durning the Disco-Era when all other venues where playing Disco.

CBGB’s closed it doors in October of 2006.


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