This Wednesday, July 15, marks the last day for Valley bands to submit for the upcoming 2009 CMJ Music Marathon, to be held October 20-24 in New York City. The festival, named for the New York City Marathon that takes place at the same time, is geared towards college radio bands looking to get extra exposure and -- especially for some Valley bands -- play some New York gigs in front of some healthy crowds. Last year saw two Valley bands -- Phoenix's Dust Jacket and Carefree's Peachcake -- play the festival, with this year looking just as a fruitful for those aspiring Valley bands.
The CMJ Music Marathon was first conceived in 1980 as a way for industry professionals to get exposure to college radio bands. The festival is headquartered in NYU's Greenwich Village Campus at 75 different night clubs. Former artists to appear at the festival include U2, Nirvana, Green Day, Hot Chip, Arcade Fire, We Are Scientists and M.I.A. There is also a film festival that runs adjacent to the music festival boasting showings of movies such as Kids, Swingers, Fight Club, Hedwig and the Angry Itch and Boogie Nights.
It's an impressive event that can gain any number of bands some much needed exposure as well as some big-time, New York City gigs under their belt -- something priceless for a Phoenix college band with limited resources that can only afford to tour around the western half of the United States.
Any and all Valley bands interested in submitting for the CMJ Music Marathon must submit all proper materials by midnight this Wednesday, July 15 at sonicbid.com/cmj.