Now in its 19th year, the Millennium Music Conference returns to the greater Harrisburg area this weekend featuring two afternoons of workshops, music industry panels, networking opportunities, a trade show, demo listening sessions and more. The nighttime livens up with an array of live music performances – with more than 300 bands from around the world – at 30 different venues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
A lineup that large can be a bit overwhelming to navigate, so we’ve done your homework for you and highlighted some of the more familiar names, under-the-radar gems and do-not-miss performers. Give it a look yourself and tell us below who you’re excited to see.
Vulcans have broken out of their base in Mechanicsburg and have been performing their indie folk and Americana originals all over the region. The trio captured top honors in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project songwriting contest in 2013, earning them a spot on the lineup of the Firefly Music Festival that same year.
Playing: Midtown Scholar; February 20; 8:45 p.m.
Playing: Flinchy’s; February 21; 10:30 p.m.
The Herd of Main Street
The Herd of Main Street are Baltimore’s modern-day version of The Band, perfectly combining some country twang with a good bit of rock and roll.
Playing: Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co.; February 21; 11 p.m.
Texas-native-now-Brooklynite singer-songwriter Aly Tadros sounds a little like Fiona Apple and Ani DiFranco, but her words are wholly her own. The Village Voice has written that Tadros has the “best live show to catch in NYC” – a strong testament to her performance.
Playing: Suba; February 20; 9:45 p.m.
York synth-rock band Kamikaze Kupcakes have one of the most unique shows and sounds coming out of Central PA right now.
Playing: The Champ; February 21; 7 p.m.
J and The 9s
J and The 9s are a high-energy punk four-piece out of Brooklyn, putting the garage back into garage rock.
Playing: Double K Tavern; February 21; 11 p.m.
Not to miss:
Hailing from California, Tom Rhodes’ voice could be confused for Ray LaMontagne. And his songwriting stacks up against any singer/songwriter.
Playing: Brewhouse Grille; February 20; 9 p.m.
Playing: Midtown Scholar; February 21; 7:15 p.m.
Playing: Flinchy’s; February 21; 9 p.m.
Ian Mellencamp is not only the nephew of John “Cougar” Mellencamp, he’s also a fashion model for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. He’s also a hell of a singer.
Playing: O’Reilly’s Tap Room; February 21; 9:15 p.m.