Dulli to Give Keynote at MidPoint Music Festival
Official Press Release:
The MidPoint Music Festival announced today that its 2005 Artist Keynote will be recording artist, Greg Dulli.
Dulli has been called ‘one of rockís finest lyricists,’ and has undeniably made some of the most critically applauded music of the last 10 years, first as songwriter and front man for the Afghan Whigs, and now with his rotating Soul/Rock/Hop collective, The Twilight Singers.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, the Whigs were the first band outside of the Northwest to be signed to influential independent SubPop, before moving on to stints with major labels Elektra and Columbia. Releasing seven albums before disbanding in 2001, the bandís album “Gentleman” is considered one of the finest releases of the alternative era and still appears on critics’ top ten lists.
In between, Dulli has directed music videos, appeared in the films “Monument Avenue” and “Beautiful Girls” – his first foray into soundtrack supervision, and even voiced John Lennon, singing the late Beatle’s parts in the Stu Sutcliffe biopic, Backbeat.
Dulli’s third album of original material with the Twilight Singers entitled Powder Burns is slated for a February 2006 release. This September, Dulli released his first solo offering, Amber Headlights, on his own Infernal Recordings imprint.
He resides in Los Angeles, California.
Dulli has requested that an honorarium usually reserved for the artist keynote instead go to The Jazz Foundation, an organization that promotes cultural and educational activities that build awareness of the music and of the musicians that make it, as well as the Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund (JMEF) – a fund that assists struggling jazz artists, many of whom are getting older or sick, with medical, financial, and career development needs.
The artist keynote takes place in the Black Box Theatre of the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday, September 23rd at 4pm during the two day conference. Dulli will be joined by 2005 Industry Keynote, Alan Light, for a lively and entertaining discussion. Both Dulli and Light are former Cincinnatians.
Only in its fourth year, the Festival and Music Industry Conference is considered one of the most important proving grounds for independent artists rising through the industry ranks. Past keynote participants have included Art Alexakis (Everclear), Jody Stephens (Big Star), and Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens.
For more information about MPMF, visit: www.mpmf.com
John Curley, former bass player for the Afghan Whigs will also be a panelist at the festival on the topic “Getting the Most Out of Your Production Budget.”