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01-18-2000John Popper to play at Sundance Film Festival

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.