Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Music This Weekend, part 1: The Millennium Music Conference

This weekend brings us the 13th Annual Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg. The conference features seminars aimed at helping musicians get their careers on track and on to the next level. But for most of us, the conference merely means that hundreds of bands will be playing at dozens of venues throughout the Harrisburg area.
You can see a complete list of venues and bands here, but I thought I would highlight a few of the ones that interest me the most. 

First off, WXPN will be in town for another visit this Friday night, February 13th. The night kicks off with a Funky Friday Dance Party at the Abbey Bar, with David Dye spinning the funk from 5 - 9 p.m. Last time around there were over 500 people at the Abbey and the place was hopping. Expect more of the same this time, so get there early. You can RSVP for the event here. Then immediately following, the funk continues with Philly band, The Hustle, featuring Nora Whitaker and Kuf Knotz. Definitely an evening of music and dancing you won't want to miss.

A few other highlights from this year's MMC:

Thursday, February 12th
All ages show at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center starting at 8 pm. This show features 8 bands, including Kingsfoil at 1o, and the Shackeltons at 11.

Friday, February 13th
Adam Blessing at the Appalachian Brewing Company (Camp Hill) - 9 pm
The Sketties at the Cathedral Room at Der Maennerchor - 9 pm
Perkasie at the Cathedral Room at Der Maennerchor - 11 pm
Flatbed Ford at the Double K Tavern - 11 pm
The Jellybricks at Molly Brannigan's - 11:30 pm
Saint Narcissus in the Bridges Lounge at the Radisson - 10:15 pm
Kilego Vert at The Quarter - 12 midnight
Also an all ages show at the Radisson starting at 8:15 featuring 6 bands, including the Tamboureens at 10:30.

Saturday, February 14th
Josh Albright at the Appalachian Brewing Company (Camp Hill) - 9:45 pm
Mycenea Worley at the Cornerstone Coffeehouse (Camp Hill) - 9 pm
Lakeherst at the Double K Tavern - 11 pm
Puffer Fish at Tara Station - 1 am

Sunday, February 15th
House Exit and FDR & The New Deal at the Championship in Lemoyne - 8 pm

And that's just a small sample of the many bands playing around town. You can also check out the Spotoblog from the fine folks at for some more information on bands to check out. 

And, if you can't make it to the MMC, there is a lot of other good music throughout Central PA this weekend that I'll highlight in tomorrow's blog.

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