BMI has announced the performers at the 2009 BMI-sponsored CMJ Music Marathon Festival showcase on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. A diverse lineup of talent will hit the stage at Crash Mansion (199 Bowery, NYC), continuing CMJ’s 29-year history of celebrating new music first. Entry is free for CMJ badge holders. The cost for non-registered CMJ attendees is $5 before 11 and $10 after; free drinks will be available from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The line-up at the BMI/CMJ showcase will include seven auspicious acts: pop/rap amalgamators Crush Club; valiant imports Die Die Die; southern wordsmith Rob Roy; jazz-funk scholars Space Capone; rock-hounds Modern Skirts; musical brethren The Enemy Lovers; and Billboard-touted Mike Del Rio.
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The BMI/CMJ Showcase Schedule
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – Crash Mansion
8:00 p.m. - Crush Club: Deriving musical influence from Kanye West, Gym Class Heroes and Brother Ali, Crush Club’s blend of catchy vocals, edgy guitar riffs and imaginative beats spawned a new breed of music, “Hip Pop.” A chance meeting at Berklee College of Music uncovered a commonality: redefining music genres.
8:45 p.m. - Space Capone: Funky horns and a tight rhythm section make up Space Capone, scholars of funk, jazz and r&b. Still riding high off their debut album, Volume 1: Transformation, Space Capone is a band that respects their influences but knows how to party at the same time.
9:30 p.m. – The Enemy Lovers: Brothers Tim and Steven Scroggs, who make up The Enemy Lovers, recently completed their debut release in Atlanta with producer Dan Hannon. Their creative combination of multiple musical styles centers around the vocals performed by both brothers, led by younger brother Tim.
10:15 p.m. – Modern Skirts: Hailing from Athens, GA, rock outfit Modern Skirts released All Of Us in Our Night to critical acclaim in January 2009. The bands second full-length CD reached #20 on the CMJ charts in February 2009 and was the only self-released album in the top 20. After receiving rave reviews and touring Europe twice, Modern Skirts are gearing up for the release of their next compilation in 2010.
11:00 p.m. – Mike Del Rio: Billboard hailed Mike Del Rio in 2007 as one of the Top Unsigned Talents in the industry in the wake of his independent release Blooming Under Pressure. 22-year-old Rio is currently working with Adam Pallin in the creation of his full-length album.
11:45 p.m. – Rob Roy: It speaks volumes when you can claim artists like Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams as zealots. “Fur In My Cap,” Roy’s beat-driven opus, showcases the multi-talented rappers addictive southern swagger and leads his debut LP, King Warrior Magician Lover.
12:30 p.m. – Die Die Die: New Zealand’s finest avant-garde punk band Die! Die! Die! are one of the unsung breakthrough bands of this year. Their songs are mountains of noise forced into song-shaped outbursts of melody and screeching vocals, all the while teasing and seducing. They’re the kind of band that people don’t see coming until they’re a bloody mess on the dancefloor; shaken and bruised, or nervously, mischievously smoking in the corner of the room.
BMI is co-sponsoring showcases with Paste Magazine, PureVolume, and Dub Frequency.
PureVolume Showcase: Tues - Thurs 1 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri - Sat 1 p.m.- 4 a.m.
PureVolume House - 169 Bowery St
Featured performers include Saint Motel, Kid:Nap:Kin and The Early Hours
For more information, visit purevolume.com/house
Paste Magazine Showcase - 4 p.m.
The Living Room - 154 Ludlow St
Featured performers include Allen Stone, Andrew Belle, PT Walkley, and Joshua James
Dub Frequency Showcase – 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Blvd - 199 Bowery
Featured performers include Afghan Raiders, Roy G and the Biv, The Beatards, and G-Eazy
For more information, visit dubfrequency.com