Over at Brooklyn Bitches on a Budget, we love music and movies- especially when both are happening at the same time! We’re also huge fans of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival, from Oct 20- 24th. The festival draws over 120,000 fans from across the world annually to celebrate the best of music and movies.
For those of you not up on your music festivals, CMJ Network prides itself on introducing new music, first, to all of us hip and fabulous people, in New York and beyond. Their festival actually starts today, October 20th, in New York City. By using interactive media and live events, CMJ connects music fans with music industry professionals across the world. Their festival, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind, is renowned for being one of the coolest tours in the area- if you’re lucky enough to score a ticket.
Movies being screened include The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Messenger, The Fourth Kind (which looks absolutely terrifying), Searching for Elliott Smith and Cuba 1961: A Love Story. The music portion is famously ahead of the times, previously showcasing bands such as REM, Green Day, U2 and The Killers before they were famous. This year, we highly recommend catching Tribute Wars, an all-metal tribute to Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees.
CMJ will even be sponsoring a discussion and performance of Hair on October 23rd at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
Worried that you don’t have enough bank to experience the festival? Not to worry. Our favorite photog, Nicky Digital, is hosting a showcase at Ella Lounge, featuring Adam Tensta, Sigmund Droid, Kap10Kurt and Bad Brilliance, as well we DJ sets by Gavin Royce, Cobra Krames, and the Boogie Brothers. An open bar of PBR is sure to keep the party going late, and NickyDigital will be on hand to personally capture all of your steamy, sweaty, drunken adventures and show them to the world, at www.nickydigital.com. Best part? Totally free with RSVP, RSVP@nickydigital.com. Be sure to take a break from your dancing and drinking, and shower our guy with kisses.
Break out your fiercest rockstar-girlfriend approved ensemble (we suggest skinnies and your fiercest cowboy boots), as there will be plenty of high rollers and big shots to meet. Take notes on how to best impress that indie hipster you’ve been eyeing in your existentialism class- when his band makes it big, you’ll know what his next step should be!