ASCAP's Music Cafe Goes Virtual for Sundance Film Festival With Full Slate of Performers & Podcasts

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The Airborne Toxic Event performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 20, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.

As the Sundance Film Festival moves online this year because of the pandemic, ASCAP’s Music Cafe -- a popular feature at the Park City, Utah, fest for 22 years -- will move its event virtual as well.

The 23rd annual showcase, which will feature new performances as well as select archival appearances, will take place on the online Sundance Film Festival Village from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.

The lineup features Airborne Toxic Event’s Mikel Jollett, Yerba Buena’s Pedrito Martinez, country singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters, indie folk quartet Darlingside, soul singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian, and founding member of Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago Allison Russell.

The performances will take place Jan. 29-30. On Jan. 31, special episodes of Versed: The ASCAP Podcast will air, featuring Sparks’ Ron and Russell Mael and Edgar Wright, who directed The Sparks Brothers, the film about the revered musical act that premieres at this year’s festival, as well as conversations with composers Siddhartha Khosla, Amanda Jones and Devonte Hynes.

"This unique opportunity to showcase the music and composers that bring stories to life across global screens makes this event so special to ASCAP,” said Loretta Muñoz, ASCAP assistant vp, membership. “In our 23rd year, the Sundance ASCAP Music Café continues its dedication to shining the spotlight on the magical relationship of music and film. Though we can’t all be together in person this time, we are super excited to once again share performances from some of our favorite new talents with an even wider audience, engage some of our leading composers in conversation and also share an entertaining look back on the Cafe’s incredibly rich history of stunning and unforgettable performances.”

For a full list of performers and podcasts, go here.

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