The weekend of February 20, 2016, musicians from all over gathered in Harrisburg for the Millennium Music Conference to learn from the industry’s experts and to get discovered. The event allows musicians to meet with production companies and experts in the field to learn the ins and outs of the music industry. At the event there were over 300 performances. The Millennium Music Conference draws a large audience, however if you didn’t get a chance to make it out this year, I will share some of my favorite performances and musicians from the event.
An awesome band that I came across was Whippoorwillow, which consists of Audrey Moss on bass, Matt Fabrizio on guitar, Rita Bliss with vocals, and Andy Knapp on the mandolin. The group is based out of Ithaca, New York, and their music has a very bluegrass/ indie vibe to it. This group’s music reminded me of the locally based bluegrass band, The Stray Birds, and the bands First Aid Kit and Old Crow Medicine Show. You can check out their music on their website, www.Whippoorwillow.com.
Another great find from the conference was 17 year old Nick Wells from Charlotte, North Carolina. Wells writes all of his own music, plays the guitar, and sings. This singer/ songwriter has a very acoustic sound to him and reminds me of the band City and Colour, along with a hint of John Mayer. He is especially impressive to me as he has been so successful at such an early age. You can check him out and keep up with his blog at reverbnation.com/nickwellsncmusic.
JR Wolf was also in attendance at the conference. The band from Hershey, PA consists of Jason Wolfe on vocals and guitar, Martin Chaudhry on guitar, Quinn Doty on bass, and Tom Fritz on the drums. The band is alternative with hints of indie and rock as well. This band most closely reminds me of the bands The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and Franz Ferdinand. Most of their music is upbeat, and certainly good to have a jam session to! You can check out JR Wolf on youtube and on iTunes.
Justin Angelo is a singer songwriter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Angelo’s music is very acoustic sounding, and he shared that he believes that his music sounds very similar to John Mayer. On top of performing his music, he left me with some “words of wisdom” from the music industry– “don’t confuse confidence and ego” and “it’s better to be hated by the public than have them be indifferent about you”. Thanks for the tips, Justin. You can listen to some of Angelo’s music on his youtube channel by searching Justin Angelo.
The Millennium Music Conference is a great outlet for local musicians to make connections in the industry, get experience performing, and get advice from other musicians. The event also brings the community together and allows the musically challenged to listen to some great music.