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BMI Stage to Focus on Top Singer/Songwriters at ACL Fest

Posted in News on July 18, 2005
For the third consecutive year, BMI will host a concert stage for writer/artists at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The three-day ACL Fest is being held September 23-25 in the 45-acre Zilker Park in Austin, TX, featuring over 130 bands on eight stages.

Artists slated to appear on the BMI Stage on Friday, September 23 include the Austin Collins Band, Kate York, Monte Warden, Patrick Davis and the Massacoustics; Saturday's performers include Kacy Crowley, the South Austin Jug Band, Free Sol, the Lost Trailers and the Real Heroes. On Sunday, the BMI Stage features Naturally 7, Kelley Hunt, Austin Hartley-Leonard, Donna the Buffalo and Inara George. Click here for the full three-day concert schedule and additional information.

Austin CollinsLost Trailers

"The BMI Stage at the ACL Festival will present 15 hot artists this year, all of whom are not only great performers, but also exceptional composers of original music," said Phil Graham, Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations. "As an organization representing songwriters, BMI strives to expose new talent to the public. It doesn't get any better than this!"

Inara GeorgeMassacoustics

With a sell-out total audience of more than 210,000 last year, the ACL Festival has in just three years become one of the nation's premiere live music extravaganzas. The event showcased more than 120 artists last year, from rock to gospel and country to reggae.

Kate YorkNaturally 7

"BMI has made a major contribution in bringing great talent to the Festival for the last three years," said Charlie Jones, executive producer and principal at Capital Sports & Entertainment, which organizes the Festival (and co-produces the television series with KLRU-TV). "Nobody knows writer/entertainers better than BMI, and their support has been an important part of the festival's success."

Kelley HuntPatrick Davis

Last year, more than 300 members of the news media attended the Festival, including at least 15 radio stations and six local television stations. Two national cable networks, VH-1 and E! Entertainment, originated programming from the event. Attendees wishing to relive the Festival can purchase CD and DVD compilations of the performances.

The Festival reflects the spirit of its namesake television program, Austin City Limits. Now in its 31st season, this award-winning series created by KLRU-TV in Austin is the longest-running popular music program in television history.