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It’s Millennium Music Weekend!

Now in its 17th year, the Millennium Music Conference remains the crown jewel of central Pennsylvania’s music calendar and one of the premier music events on the East Coast.

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With more than 300 acts performing at more than 30 local venues on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 -16, the Millennium Music Conference caters both to local music fans and musicians alike.

As a resource, the Millennium Music Conference is an unbelievable opportunity for musicians to gain invaluable insight and advice at the two-day music conference held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Camp Hill. The conference features numerous panels and workshops with industry pros covering every conceivable step in the music business from songwriting to recording, producing and mixing an album to publishing, licensing and copyright to ultimately getting your music discovered and making money.  Make no mistake about it, the Millennium Music Conference is a two-day Masters course for aspiring musicians.

While the Millennium Music Conference is a can’t-miss event for musicians, it’s equally exciting for fans with live music at what seems like every bar in the area for two nights. Acts from as far away as Los Angeles and Miami to local bands from Harrisburg, York, Mechanicsburg and Lemoyne will take stages across the area this coming weekend.

The biggest show of the weekend is the showcase at the Radisson on both Friday and Saturday nights — which will feature local funk bands Funktion and Funkbot & The Love Explosion on Friday night; local rockers Observe the 93rd, Minshara and Hierosonic will close the conference on Saturday. Tickets for each night are available for $15, but you can win a pair of tickets to both nights from SaraBozich.com.

At other MMC venues around town, there is usually no cover charge and each venue will feature a specific genre of music to allow fans to find what venue best fits their preferences.

Fans of singer/songwriters will have the most options with Appalachian Brewing Company in Camp Hill, Carley’s Ristorante & Piano Bar, Pete’s Olde Towne Cafe, and the Midtown Scholar each featuring up to five performers each night. Included on Carley’s schedule on Friday night are local acts Jeff Waters, Jett Prescott, and Brandon Parsons. Harrisburg’s Ben Wilhelm will close the weekend at the Midtown Scholar on Saturday at 9:15 p.m.

Looking for full band rock music? Check out the Drinkin’ Bone in Wormleysburg, the Field House in Etters, Gullifty’s Underground in Camp Hill, Fed Live on Second St., and Tubby’s Night Club in Duncannon. Local acts JT & The Mild Heat and the 91s will both play at Fed Live on Friday night; Mechanicsburg’s Gypsy Caravan will take the stage at Gullifty’s Underground at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Country music is also prominently featured throughout the area during MMC. Country music takes takes the spotlight on Friday night at both the Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill and the Double K Tavern on Jonestown Rd. where Mechanicsburg-native Colt Wilbur will kick the night off at 9 p.m. Buck Wild’s Rode House also will feature country music all weekend, but will have a $5 cover charge at the door.

Those are just a very few of the venues featuring music this coming weekend, the  full schedule of acts is available online.

Whatever your music preference, make sure you get out this coming weekend and support live music!

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