Designed to coincide with the NAMM music trade show, which is also taking place in Indy this weekend, the summit will bring up-and-coming performers from across the country for the three-day event.
Leading the charge of indie-rock buzz bands will be the French Kicks, Louis XIV and Tegan & Sara, all acts with a growing national reputation. Hundreds of local and regional bands will also perform.
Badges for the event are $100, with wristbands available for $25. For more details and a complete schedule of events, visit midwestmusicsummit.com.
Recently, NUVO sat down with Midwest Music Summit’s Josh Baker for a nostalgic trip through the event’s history.
Midwest Music Summit 2001
Band submissions: 755
Bands participating: 150
Attendees: 1,250 badges / 2,500 total attendance
Keynote speaker: KRS-One
Triumph: The event actually happened!
Disaster: Losing $80,000 we didn’t have.
Band submissions: 800
Bands participating: 184
Keynote speaker: no keynote
Triumph: Juliana Hatfield at the Patio / Marc Farina at Eden was off the hook / Peelander Z becomes the first band from outside of the U.S. to play
MMS Disaster: Power goes out at the Cozy in the middle of the Brand Plastic’s set.
Band submissions: 945
Bands participating: 211
Keynote speaker: Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope
Triumph: Jeff Zuckerman bailing us out of debt / Ventilator after-party with The Slurs / parting ways with Scarab Records / first ever MMS Songwriters in the Round
Disaster: Peppers backs out at last minute / JY’s closes doors / Cat Power’s performance at Radio Radio and her rolling on the ground under the venue saying, “Smell the Earth” / Indie Alley Trade Show
Band submissions: 1,100
Bands participating: 278
Attendees: 1,745 badges / 6,000 total attendance
Keynote speaker: n/a
Triumph: Songwriters in the Round sold out / Red Room, Alley Cat and Monkey’s Tale emerging as legitimate live music venues with capacity crowds / we grossed a $5 profit on the event!
Disaster: Our outdoor stage flopping / Robbers On High Street’s van broke down and they were a no-show / Calvin Johnson on our panel (and being 30 minutes late) / Burning Brides canceling, then confirming, then canceling and finally showing up to play
Band submissions: 1,545
Bands participating: 436
Attendees: 3,100 registrants / 15,000 attendance
Keynote speaker: no keynote / 14 panels scheduled
Triumph: Partnership with NAMM / national press / artists performing from eight different countries / enormous local and community support
Disaster: Host of small things, like scrambling for backline drum kits, Brian Jonestown canceling, venues closed