BY LUIS GRONDA AND JOE MARVILLI
New York City is about to turn into a music heaven once again, with the College Music Journal Marathon starting on Tuesday.
Beginning on Oct. 21, the CMJ fest is five days of almost non-stop music shows at venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. The festival features more than 1,300 artists of various types of music performing in more than 80 venues throughout the City. While none of the shows are in Queens, there are at least nine artists playing during the fest that originate from the Borough.
Much of the festival’s line-up depends on the schedules of the bands themselves, with many of the artists choosing to play if they happen to be on the East Coast or are based in New York.
“Because we use so many different venues, it’s so many different people to deal with,” one of the festival’s organizers, Matt McDonald, said. “It’s like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle while you’re on water skis.”
Often, bands use the festival as a launching pad to more success in their music careers. McDonald said they pride themselves on being able to promote music from artists that might not be as well known prior to the marathon.
When asked if they plan on expanding the festival to other boroughs, including Queens, McDonald said he was open to that possibility.
“When I first started, it was sort of a struggle to get the non locals out to Brooklyn and now it’s just as popular as the Lower East Side in terms of CMJ shows,” he said. “It’s perfectly reasonable to expect that to be the case in Queens at some point.”
In terms of Queens artists, Beecher’s Fault, Dead Waves, Midnight High, Hollis Brown, Mariko, Kat Quinn, Jon Christopher Allen, Blessing Offor and Juan Wauters are all playing during the fest.
To learn more about these artists and any others playing CMJ, visit www.cmj.com/marathon.
For more on this year’s Queens bands, go to queenstribune.com.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, ext. 127, email@example.com or @luisgronda or Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JoeMarvilli.