The 2013 CBGB Music Festival will be giving out its first formal award, honoring a legend in the music industry.
Stein has signed numerous high-profile artists to his Sire label including notable acts such as Madonna, Ice-T, and The Cure, as well as a number of CBGB veterans such as The Ramones, Talking Heads, and The Dead Boys.
In a press release for the award, CBGB Co-Owner Tim Hayes said “For the first ever CBGB Icon Award, there was really only one possible choice and that is Seymour Stein. Seymour's career in the record industry stands alone as something truly amazing. One must applaud the fact that he took so many of the early CBGB bands like Ramones, The Dead Boys and Talking Heads out from the Bowery to successes beyond measure. We are humbled that he has agreed to accept this award on Oct 8.”
The 2013 CBGB Festival, now in its second year, will feature hundreds of bands, 125 conference speakers, and over 60 music movies. Former MTV Networks president and current Viacom Music and Logo Networks president Van Toffler will give this year’s keynote speech.
This year’s festival will also include the premiere of the much anticipated ‘CBGB’ movie. The film tells the story of the famed venue which became one of the hubs for the punk movement in the 1970s. Alan Rickman stars as club owner Hilly Kristal, with support from Malin Ackernam as Debbie Harry, Taylor Hawkins as Iggy pop, Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome, and Johnny Galecki as Terry Ork. A red carpet event will be held on October 8, the night before the festival begins, at the Landmark Sunshine Theater.
Stein will receive the CBGB Icon Award on October 8. The CBGB Festival runs from October 9 through 13 at venues throughout the city, and will make its conference home at the Landmark Sunshine Theater. For tickets and a full list of artists, conferences, and films, visit the CBGB website.