(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Detroit’s music community is launching its very own conference, Motor City Music Conference (MC2), April 20-24. Modeled after SXSW in Austin, Texas and CMJ in New York, MC2 will include 400 bands in 40 downtown Detroit venues, a music and lifestyle tradeshow and music industry panels at the Cobo Conference and Exposition Center. The Detroit Music Awards on April 20, 2005 at State Theatre kicks off the conference.
MC2 confirmed panelists include: Jeff Blue, VP of A&R, RCA; Daniel Shulman, Director of A&R, Island Def Jam; Ben Lazar, A&R, Island Def Jam; David Boxenbaum, general manager, Octone Records; Denise George, Jive/Zomba; Jackie Kallen, "The Contender"/"Against the Ropes"; Andrew Suggs, Octone Records; Howard Hertz, Esquire; Nick Ferrara, Esquire; Roger Jansen, KMA Management/MOBfest; Dan Colucci, Lucci Entertainment; Patrick Grueber, Aezra Records; Alex Tear, Program Director, WDRQ; Doug Podell, Operations Manager, WRIF; Kelly Brown, DJ, 89X; Dom Theodore, Operations Manager, Channel 955; Michael Rand, Paradise Artists; Amy Butterer, Billions; Perry Lavoisne, Clear Channel; Scott Guy, Web Entertainment; Gary Graff, Music Journalist; Mark Arminski, Rock Poster Artist Paradime; Myron, The Dirty Americans; Brian Vanderark, The Verve Pipe; Vinnie Dombrowski, Sponge.
Confirmed venues include: Hard Rock Cafe, St. Andrew's Hall, The Shelter, Majestic Theatre, Majestic Cafe, Garden Bowl, The Lagerhouse, CPOP, 313JAC, Hockeytown, The Belmont, New Dodge.
Sponsors include: WRIF, 89X, Channel 955, Real Detroit Weekly, The Metro Times, Hits Magazine, Sonicbids, Skidmore Design, In The Mix, and Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour, WDET and WJLB.
Derrick May (Transmat), Greg Baise (Majestic/Magic Stick), Rich Hansen (Lagerhouse), Rico Shelton and Mark Hicks (former D12 management) will participate in artist selection which will encompass 40 percent local and 60 percent national hot, up-and-coming artists. Performing bands and artists will be announced in mid-February.
Music promoter Amir Daiza and musician Dana Forrester are the conference co-directors.
For registration and band showcase information, go to www.motorcitymusic.com. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner
On the Web: http://www.motorcitymusic.com