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Millennium Weekend Is Here
February 12, 2009 - Jim Price
A large representation of the music industry will again descend on the Harrisburg area this weekend for the 13th annual Millennium Music Conference. This year’s conference, featuring two days of music industry panels, speakers and mentors and four nights of showcasing bands and musicians, starts Thursday evening, Feb. 12 and ends Sunday night, Feb. 15.
Showcase performances will kick off the weekend Thursday evening, with an all-ages multi-band show at the conference’s host hotel, the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Conference Center in Camp Hill.
The conference itself will then get under way on Friday, with a number of seminars and panels dealing with various aspects of the music industry, from marketing and promotion to business, producers, media, and other topics. There will also be mentoring sessions, where musicians can meet with industry mentors to explore career directions and analyze music. A trade show, featuring a number of vendors and music-related organizations and enterprises, will also take place. An acoustic stage will be set up at the trade show for musicians to step up, perform and promote their official showcase performances later in the weekend.
In lieu of the usual keynote speakers this year, the headlining event at the conference will be “Smash or Trash,” where a panel of music industry, record company and radio professionals will analyze unmarked single-song CDR’s submitted by attending musicians, and discern whether the songs are “smash” hits waiting to happen, or “trash” that stands little chance of major success.
During the nights, the Harrisburg area will come alive as close to 300 different bands and artists – some from as far away as Japan and England – will take the stage at a multitude of venues throughout the Harrisburg area to showcase their talents and win over new fans. Only one band with ties to the local area – Altoona-turned-Baltimore rockers Vs. the Earth – will be showcasing at this year’s conference, headlining the Saturday night showcase at the host venue, the Radisson.
Like last year, I plan to blog daily updates from Millennium, and offer my own analysis of this year’s conference. Stay tuned…
York-based quintet Evelyn's Ashes perform during last year's Millennium Music Conference. The group will again be a part of this year's conference.