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CMJ Music Marathon Panels To Look At CBGB, Loolapalooza And OZZfest

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
The 26th annual CMJ Music Marathon, held October 31-November 4 at Lincoln Center and its neighboring Tower Records in New York, will present more than 100 panels and discussions featuring dozens of high-profile artists, executives, journalists, industry veterans and pop-culture icons debating the state of today’s volatile music business and its prospects for the future.

“The panels allow festival attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with artists, label executives, industry experts and more,” says Joanne Abbot Green, CMJ Music Marathon executive producer. “Each year, the panels generate dynamic discussion about the state of music, technology, the industry and what’s next. They are a vital part of CMJ Music Marathon.”

“There’s an incredible diversity to these panels that you won’t see anywhere else,” says Carla Hay, CMJ Music Marathon panel director. “We’ve had an overwhelming response from every corner of the music world to participate on these panels. The CBGB reunion panel is a once-in-a-lifetime event that’s a perfect example of what makes CMJ Music Marathon unique and exciting. These panels and discussions will be informative, thought-provoking and highly entertaining.”

Three panels unique to the touring industry:

OZZfest 10th Anniversary Reunion (November 1):
The artists and major players of Ozzfest reveal secrets of the event, disclose how and why it has impacted them and the music industry, share their favorite memories and discuss some of their Ozzfest experiences that were not in the media. The moderator is Billy Graziadei, former guitarist/vocalist of Biohazard/current guitarist of Suicide City. Panelists include:

Mercedes Lander, drummer of Kittie;
Morgan Lander, lead singer of Kittie; Dez FaFara, former lead singer of Coal Chamber/current lead singer of Devildriver
Shaun Lopez, lead singer of The Revolution Smile;
Alan Robert, Life of Agony bassist/Spoiler NYC bassist;
Ryan Tooker, lead singer of Grade 8; and
Dustin Tooker, guitarist of Grade 8.

CBGB: The Ultimate Reunion (November 2):
Famous alumni of CBGB gather to reminisce about the legendary club how it made a difference in their lives and changed the face of music. This reunion will be a fond look back at one of the most influential music venues in rock history. This panel is moderated by journalist/author Legs McNeil. Panelists include: Blondie co-founder/guitarist Chris Stein; original Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone; the Smithereens lead singer Pat DiNizio; CBGB owner/founder Hilly Kristal; Bad Brains bass player Darryl Jenifer; photographer Roberta Bayley, Darryl Jenifer, bassist of Bad Brains; and others.

Lollapalooza 15th Anniversary Reunion (November 3):
Lollapalooza artists and business players reveal the groundbreaking festival’s secrets and discuss how it has affected their lives and the music industry. The moderator is Kyle Anderson, assistant editor, Spin.

Panelists include:
George Clinton, leader of Parliament-Funkadelic;
Duane Denison, former guitarist of Jesus Lizard;
Gibby Haynes, lead singer of the Butthole Surfers;
Maureen Herman, former bassist of Babes in Toyland; and
Donita Sparks, co-founder/former lead singer of L7. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen