His corpse lies in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and the street that the city named after him sits 13 blocks south of tonights venue, but Joey Ramone still has his birthday celebrated in New York City. The 2008 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will be the eighth since his death in 2001, and, as always, the focus is on the survivors: Manitobas Wild Kingdom, featuring most of the remaining Dictators; the Shangri-Las Mary Weiss, passing up the opportunity to feature songs from last years surprisingly good Dangerous Game in favor of heritage tunes like Leader of the Pack et al.; and Televisions Richard Lloyd, unveiling his new band, the, er, SmuftyDogs. Truly bold/reckless attendees can play the CBGB drinking gamefor every mention of John Varvatoss semi-hostile takeover of the Ramones old playground, help yourself to a drink. Last man standing wins.
Mon., May 19, 7 p.m., 2008