13th Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival

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The 13th Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival, New Jersey's premier independent music festival, will be held at The Red Mill Museum in Clinton, NJ, July 9-12, 2009. Without catering to music industry trends, the Black Potatoe Music Festival has presented diverse acts from the national, regional, and local levels. The one rule is that you must be an independent artist or on an indie label (Music Legends and their side projects are the only exceptions). There are 15 reserved slots for Sonicbids artists.

Every artist is given great promotion through radio, print, and internet outlets in the New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania markets. Black Potatoe’s merchandise team will sell your products for you at the festival. Because of the festival's central location between New York City (60 miles) and Philadelphia (75 miles), this is a great way to route other dates in the region. The opportunity for compensation is available, but not all artists will be paid.

The festival, which originally began in 1997 by the artist-owned independent label Black Potatoe Records as a CD release party for the group Angus, has blossomed into a multi-day, two-stage, multi-act event. The festival is produced and hosted by Clinton, New Jersey native Matthew Angus via Black Potatoe Records. Black Potatoe has been presenting shows since 1996 at some of New Jersey finest venues. In years past, they have had acts from Reno to Nashville & from Texas to Canada and Japan, England, Ireland and Australia. This year, they look forward to you representing your state or country. "Demand your Independents"

Past performers include Levon Helm of The Band, Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band, Andy Summers of The Police, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane & Hot Tuna, The Matt Angus Thing, Marshall Crenshaw, Honeyboy Edwards, Donna Jead and the Tricksters, Ellis Paul, The Holmes Brothers, The Harlem Gospel Choir, Buckwheat Zydeco, Hayseed Dixie, Catie Curtis, Tony Levin, Kathy Phillips, Chris Barron, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, The Campbell Brothers, The Vivino Brothers from Late Night with Conan O Brien, Jimmy McGriff, Bernard Purdie, Jerry Jemmott, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas and dozens more.

2009 will mark the sixth year that the Black Potatoe Music Festival and Sonicbids have partnered for submissions. Submissions are being accepted exclusively through Sonicbids. Your submission will get reviewed fairly and thoroughly by committee.

P.S. Potatoe is spelled with an “e” because if you can become the Vice President of the USA and you spell potato wrong, you can do anything!