Thursday, December 07, 2006


oil on prepared panel

5" x 7"


This piece depicts CBGB's punk rock club which closed it's doors last month for good. A landmark which was located on the Bowery in NYC.
I used to go to CB's many years ago to see up and coming bands play. I was able to see two very good friend's respective bands play at this legendary spot. First, my buddy Mike Buffa played with his band "Crispy Brown" (they let me sing a tune with them), then my brother from another mother, Felipe Higginson played with his band "Freak". Both tremendous musicians who put on fantastic live shows. It was even worth dealing with the roaches on the bar and the famously disgusting backstage and bathroom areas.
I was also fortunate enough to see one of my all time favorite bands play there just one week before they closed the doors forever. It happened to be one of the best shows Fishbone has ever done, in my humble opinion.
There will NEVER be another place like this. Damn shame, it is!

Thanks for looking!


Blogger Clive said...

Beautiful paintings, both on this post and below. Very nice empty feeling in such urban spaces. Never been to CBGB's having only been to NY once. But there was many a grungy punk dive modelled on it in Toronto in the late 70's I'm sure, and some of our local bands made it there to play, or so we were told. Sorry to hear it closed, your image is the only one I recall seeing from the street and it's great to see it so hauntingly quiet and sedate.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Mark Oberndorf said...

Thanks Clive!

10:18 PM  

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