The 18th Annual Millennium Music Conference & Showcase takes place this weekend (February 20-23). Founded in 1997, this conference has become the Harrisburg area’s biggest overall music festival and features music business panels, clinics, and workshops during the day and performances by over 300 original acts at 30 live music venues during the night. Cornerstone Coffeehouse is proud to be one of those venues and will feature music by eight different artists over the nights of Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd.
Friday night will feature all Pennsylvania-based artists with youth being the definite theme. Starting things off at 7:00pm is Eva Katherine, a 15 year-old native of Schuylkill County who is making some waves in the county music scene with her powerful voice. Another 15 year-old, Ben Kessler from Philadelphia, follows at 7:45. Ben composes, records and produces his own music. His sophisticated guitar playing and soulful singing style distinguishes him as a serious musician. Hershey, PA singer/songwriter Cosette Gobat performs at 8:30 on Friday. Cosette began playing and writing music at the age of 7 and released her debut album, Moving On. Friday’s final performer is Chad Clemens, a young singer/songwriter from Elizabethtown, PA, who is working hard on getting signed before he graduates high school by working in the studio everyday.
In contrast to Friday’s local flavor, Saturday night will feature talented artists from outside the area. Linda Draper hails from Brooklyn, NY and has been performing for over a decade, carving out a sound that is both timeless and unique. Maggie Anderson is a college student from Sterling, VA who normally plays and sings at venues in and around Washington D.C. New Jersey’s Megan Knight has a love for all genres of music and her 2012 self-titled debut EP caught the attention of a producer at the historic Muscle Shoals recording studio in Alabama. Finally at 9:30 on Saturday, The Wiggins Sisters (Mizzy and Casey) will perform their acoustic folk and roots rock with rich, powerful harmonies for the Cornerstone crowd.
Some music fans like to migrate from venue to venue to catch the diverse array of acts in the area during the weekend (my wife and I wrote about our nomadic music wanderings during the MMC in 2012.) However, with the great lineup at Cornerstone Coffeehouse this year, it may be ideal just to stay in one place.