His corpse lies in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and the street that the city named after him sits 13 blocks south of tonight’s 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: Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom, featuring most of the remaining Dictators; the Shangri-Las’ Mary Weiss, passing up the opportunity to feature songs from last year’s surprisingly good Dangerous Game in favor of heritage tunes like “Leader of the Pack” et al.; and Television’s Richard Lloyd, unveiling his new band, the, er, SmuftyDogs. Truly bold/reckless attendees can play the CBGB drinking game—for every mention of John Varvatos’s semi-hostile takeover of the Ramone’s old playground, help yourself to a drink. Last man standing wins.
Mon., May 19, 7 p.m., 2008