January 25, 2013

Flying Lotus, The Head and the Heart and More Send Sundance ASCAP Music Café Off with Musical Bang


Andrew Bird, Melanie Fiona, Blue Sky Riders and More Thrill Audiences at Sundance

The 15th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café got off to an exciting start on Friday, January 18th, 2013 with an eclectic range of songwriters and bands. Performers appearing over the first four days of the Music Café included Andrew Bird, Melanie Fiona, Sea Wolf, Blue Sky Riders, Emily Wells, Jill Barber, Jack Dempsey & Elvis Murphy, Kat Edmonson, Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars (with special guest Daryl Hannah), Greg Holden, Dave Berg and Paul Kelly.

With several high-profile music documentaries featured at this year's festival, including Twenty Feet from Stardom, The History of the Eagles Part One and the Dave Grohl-directed Sound City, it is clear that music, both on the screen and on the stage, is playing a leading role at Sundance. The Music Café has remained packed from the moment the doors opened and the music docs have generated some of the biggest buzz so far. Twenty Feet from Stardom, a moving look at the lives of backup singers, was bought by The Weinstein Company almost immediately after the launch of the festival.

As the 2013 Sundance ASCAP Music Café headed into its second weekend, filmmakers, festival goers and all-around music fans continued to pack the house at the venue on Main Street in Park City.

An incredibly eclectic range of singer-songwriters and bands took the stage to give audiences a rare, intimate and unforgettable display of music's power. Performers for the second half of the eight-day event included Kim Taylor (who also stars in the Sundance film I Used to Be Darker), Ian Ball of Gomez, Kate Earl, Drake White, Dave Mason, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Bleu, Ryan Miller (who scored the music for two 2013 Sundance films, In a World... and Toy's House), Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose, Eric Hutchinson and The Head and the Heart.

Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) performed a special DJ set on Thursday, January 24th, shortly after learning he had won the 2013 Sundance Short Film Special Jury Award for Until the Quiet Comes, his collaboration with filmmaker Khalil Joseph.

The 2013 edition of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, which overflowed with sounds and songs from a wide spectrum, proved once again the power of music to move an audience - from the stage to the screen.

Also, on Tuesday, January 22nd, ASCAP hosted the ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party, an exclusive after-show event at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah. The event was a celebration of ASCAP composers and filmmakers of 2013 Sundance Film Festival films. All festival filmmakers, ASCAP composers, music supervisors and Music Café performers were welcome to attend. Delicious Mexican cuisine was presented by Del Taco.

For more information on ASCAP at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, click here.