|From Reuters News Service:
Matthew Sweet Janis Ian, Third Eye Blind and Blues
Traveler's John Popper are among the artists scheduled to
perform at a four-night concert series during the
Sundance Film Festival, organizer BMG Entertainment
announced. The Sundance Film Festival Music Studio will
feature 30-minute sets by 20 acts, most of them
newcomers. It will take place Jan. 23-26 at the Elks
Lodge in Park City. The goal of the invitation-only event
is to gain exposure for the new acts, while creating an
"intimate concert where the independent film
community can hear music from established artists as well
as a new generation of singer-songwriters,"
according to BMG Entertainment VP of worldwide marketing
Bill Wilson. Among newer acts scheduled to perform are
Sixpence None the Richer, Duncan Sheik, R&D
singer-songwriter Donned Jones, and the Verve Pipe
singer-guitarist Brian Vader Ark.
According to an article in Entertainment Weekly,
ASCAP and BMG are organizing the showcases. "If it can
further the work that directors and composers do
together," said Sundance codirector Nicole Guillemet,
"so much the better.
In a related news item, it has been rumored that Blues
Traveler has written a song for the Coen brothers' next
movie. The Coens are best known for their Oscar-winning Fargo
in 1996; they also wrote and directed The Big Lebowski
and Raising Arizona among others. They are slated to
release two movies in 2000: the George Clooney period comedy O
Brother, Where Art Thou? and the World War II adventure To
the White Sea based on the novel by James Dickey, best
known for his novel Deliverance.