It was a family affair on stage tonight, as proud Papa Duff McKagan introduced the worldwide debut of Pink Slips, featuring his daughter, vocalist Grace McKagan and guitarist Jamie Brooks, both 16 years old. Pink Slips chose the CBGB Music & Film Festival for their first ever public performance. In this intimate setting, the group presented their adaptation of several covers in their own dark acoustic translation.
The set consisted of songs by First Aid Kit, Death Cab for Cutie, Amy Winehouse and Disclosure preformed by the duo. McKagan jumped on stage and joined the band for their final song, “Oblivion” by Grimes.
Duff said of the night, “I think it was in the true spirit of punk rock that CBGBs Fest let my daughter and her friend play their first gig ever at this huge monstrous event. They weren’t really sure what they were getting themselves into.”
Grace added, “Tonight I played my first concert and was really nervous. But as I started singing I got a lot more comfortable and loved doing it.”
McKagan will give tomorrow’s Music Keynote Speech as part of the CBGB’s Festival. He is best known for his work as bassist with Guns N Roses, Jane’s Addiction, and Velvet Revolver. In addition to being a talented musician, Duff is a writer, filmmaker and is also the founder of Meridian Rock, a wealth management firm dedicated to helping musicians understand the business of music as well as their own personal finances.
The CBGB Music & Film Festival aims to transform Columbus Day Weekend into a 6-day annual celebration that will include the largest free concert in New York City each year in Times Square along with hundreds of other special moments. One such event is a concert performance by Ice-T (and special guests!) this Saturday at Chez André in The Standard East Village at 10pm.
CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013 takes place on October 8-13 in New York City and will feature hundreds of bands in over 175 venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The event will also host more than 125 speakers and 100 new music themed feature films and documentaries. As reported in The New York Times, one of the many highlights of the Festival is the free outdoor concert in Times Square, this Saturday October 12th.