Bebe and her band performed on the first night of the festival, Thursday July 5, 2012.
The crowd was pumped when she and her hard rock band hit the stage of the Highline at 10 pm.
The band supporting Bebe are true rock n' rollers, including a sweet and charming backup singer named Louisa.
Bebe's stage presence exhibits the relaxed confidence that comes from her lifetime of accomplishments.
The audience was an enthusiastic mix of veteran scenemakers and young next generation rockers.
Everyone there was excited to see Bebe perform and she did not disappoint, crushing out a hard rocking set.
Louisa kept the harmonies locked in perfectly while the boys delivered the crunch with a classic rock edge.
Bebe's presence is larger than life on stage and she held the audience captivated throughout her set.
Listen to Bebe's great track "The Devil You Know"
It's a perfect blend of glam pop from a knowing perspective.
Having an opportunity to chat with Bebe after the show only confirmed what I already knew - that the true spirit of rock & roll continues to thrive within this woman and her music.
Quickly heading over to The Bowery Electric - just a block away from the original CBGB's location, I made it in time to catch a set by The Waldos.
Fronted by another CBGB's legend - Walter Lure.
Walter was an original member of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers - who's songs comprise the lion's share of The Waldos material.
Walter was not only a "member" of the Heartbreakers, but acted at Johnny's foil throughout their long history of shows. Johnny would often poke fun at Walter throughout the set, all in what is commonly known as "good natured ball busting."
Check out Walter's classic rendition of the Ray Charles song "I'm Busted" (from this very night's performance)
And here Walter and his spot-on Heartbreakers band deliver a perfect rendition of Johnny Thunders' scathing reply to Johnny Rotten's "New York" with their own "London Boys."
The CBGB's Fest was off and running full tilt.
It's hard to believe it could get better - but in fact it did.