January 15, 2004

2004 Sundance Film Festival


Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin and Joe Jackson Among Top Performers


Shawn Colvin and Joe Jackson backstage at ASCAP's Sundance Music Café.


Jason Mraz and producer John Alagia backstage. Alagia produced Mraz's hit album Waiting for My Rocket to Come.


Joseph Arthur (right) was joined onstage by Ben Harper.

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ASCAP's Loretta Muñoz, Don Was, Wayne Kramer, music supervisor Tracy McKnight, Narada Michael Walden and Sweet Pea Atkinson backstage.

In the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, where the 2004 Sundance Film Festival was held from January 15 through 25, the hills were truly alive with the sound of music. ASCAP composers and songwriter/performers were out in full force at this year's festival representing the music side of the filmmaking art.

ASCAP's Sundance Music Café, located at Plan B, The Nightclub in Park City, presented eight days of performances by ASCAP members. The series got off to an incredible start the first weekend with unforgettable sets by such artists as the legendary Joe Jackson, Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin, multi-instrumentalist and bluegrass sensation Tim O'Brien, up and coming soul sensations Ricky Fante and Goapele, folk/pop singer/songwriter Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton and rock hitmakers The All American Rejects.

As the week progressed, audiences were treated to performances by such diverse writer/artists as funk/folk star Jason Mraz, acoustic rock innovator Joseph Arthur, the multitalented writer/musician/producer and film composer Jon Brion, indie pop darlings Clem Snide, former member of legendary L.A. punk band X’s John Doe, songwriting powerhouse John Hiatt and leading Latin music writer Fernando Osorio. During Joseph Arthur’s set, special guest performer Ben Harper joined Arthur on stage for two songs.

Wrapping up the eight-day series was singer/songwriter Teitur, who hails from the Faroe Islands; former Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson, who was joined by Nickel Creek’s Sean and Sara Watkins, jazz/pop singer/songwriter Judy Wexler; and an unforgettable performance by Sweet Pea Atkinson & the Was (Not Was) Quintet featuring Don and David Was, Narada Michael Walden, Jon Brion and Detroit punk legend from the MC5 Wayne Kramer.

The Music Café was bigger and better than ever this year with capacity crowds throughout the week. On any given day, the line of people waiting to get into Plan B began forming almost an hour before the doors opened. Filmmakers and festival-attendees were able to experience the work of established and emerging artists up-close and network with them after their performances.

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Tim O’Brien plays some mean fiddle for a delighted audience.

Edie Brickell, ASCAP’s Loretta Muñoz, Shawn Colvin, ASCAP’s Sue Devine, Jason Mraz and ASCAP’s Tom DeSavia.

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ASCAP's Tom DeSavia, Ben Harper, Sundance's Sarah Komarek, ASCAP's Loretta Muñoz and John Doe at the Music Café.

ASCAP’s Keith Johnson, Goapele, ASCAP’s Loretta Muñoz and Ricky Fante.

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Producer Charlie Sexton accompanies Edie Brickell at the Music Café. Sexton produced Brickell’s great new long-awaited album, Volcano.

Universal recording artist Teitur on stage.

John Hiatt singing "A Perfectly Good Guitar."

Clem Snide

Indie rock faves Clem Snide on the Music Café stage.

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