Millennium Music Conference 22 Wrap-Up

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This past weekend was a whirlwind of live music with the 22nd annual Millennium Music Conference taking place all over the greater Harrisburg area.

Friday night, I enlisted the help of fellow contributor Hope to check out the scene up at Joe K’s Brewhouse where she got to experience first hand why I love live music in Harrisburg. She checked out Harrisburg’s own The April Skies along with usLights from Massachusetts and The Foxfires from New York.

It was awesome to follow her on Twitter as she apparently lost her voice for the 3rd weekend in a row. Live music will do that to you!

Saturday night was the big night for me. I learned years ago that you have to have a plan of attack to maximize your MMC experience. I usually don’t always get to see every band that I want to because I usually find something amazing and have to stay through the entire set. It’s also important to bring a friend crazy enough to bounce around the city watching bands all night long with you. I picked up my friend Chris and we headed to Bravo 11 (formerly Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub) on the West Shore.

Here we checked out Black Tie Stereo from Scranton, PA. I figured they would be the perfect start to the night with their pop-dance style that had a great turnout dancing all around the venue. Very cool guys and great sound to them. If you’re in the mood for something lighter (think Maroon 5) then give them a listen.

Bravo 11 has their “mess hall” venue right next store so we headed over to check out Animal Sun from Charlottesville, VA. I loved the pure rock n’ roll vibe from Animal Sun and ended up staying until their last song.

We headed back to the city to hit up River City Blues Club.

When I walked in I was floored by the beautiful, soulful voice of Laura Cheadle. The vegan singer hails from Philadelphia and was dubbed “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at the WXPN sponsored Tri-State Indie Music Awards and it was no wonder why. Make sure you take the time to check out one of her heartfelt performances.

After Laura wrapped up, it was time to head to another staple for live music in Harrisburg, The Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. We were fortunate enough to get a great view of the packed Tigers Jaw show in the Capitol Room. Tigers Jaw formed in 2005 from Scranton, PA has worked hard to create a strong fan base and it showed Saturday night. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many people at a show at HMAC. Everyone was singing along, crowd surfing and chanting for an encore at the end of the show that Tigers Jaw gave them. Check out their 2017 release on Black Cement Records:

Capping off the night we ventured down to Midtown Tavern to check out Epic Season from Vermont. Epic Season is a young band with a big sound and the Midtown Tavern provided the perfect backdrop to wrap up another amazing Millennium Music Conference.

With live music growing week by week in our city it’s important that the foundations, like Millennium Music Conference, keep providing a unique experience and bring in talent from all over the world. MMC has seemingly grown exponentially in the past few years and the quality of talent has grown along with it. If you didn’t get out and see some great live music like thousands of others did this past weekend, you’re missing out on one of the greatest annual events our city has to offer.

What are some bands you’d like to see come through our area in the future?

Micah Jacobs
Author: Micah Jacobs

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