(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The CMJ/Rock Hall MusicFest, the three-day music festival scheduled for June 8-11 in Cleveland, has begun its process of determining which bands will be performing at the event, including national acts to headline. The MusicFest will feature as many as 100 artists performing for tens of thousands of music fans in Cleveland. It will kick off on June 8, with an opening-night concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. From June 9–11 a full lineup of concerts will be featured each evening at Cleveland's House of Blues, the Odeon, Peabody's, Beachland Ballroom, the Agora and the Grog Shop. Back-to-back daytime concerts will also be scheduled on three stages at the Festival Village at Nautica on the West Bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. In addition, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will feature a series of educational programs, panel discussions and workshops that will focus on the artistic and economic aspects of today's music scene.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2005, CMJ has produced one of the world's legendary music festivals, CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, since 1981. The Marathon was the first to showcase once up-and-coming bands such as REM, U2, Eminem, the Beastie Boys, Green Day, the Foo Fighters and more recently, the Strokes, Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, Jill Scott, Franz Ferdinand, Jet and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest 2005 began accepting band/artist showcase submissions starting December 15. Submissions will be accepted exclusively though Sonic Bids as online EPKs (Electronic Press Kits) by going to http://www.sonicbids.com/cmjrockfest2005 to create a Sonicbids EPK and submit online. Deadline for submissions is April 1. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner