Yes, the Lancaster based Launch Music Conference is six years old. Promoter Jeremy Weiss and team have created an event that attracts bands old and new and all types of music fans and music biz professionals. Perhaps it’s the friendly and accessible town of Lancaster or the egalitarian nature of this conference that keeps it attracting people year after year. 3,100 on the first night to see Panic! at The Disco to be exact, which to me sounds like most of residents of downtown. With 9 venues and a plethora of acts and panel discussions it’s hard to see everything but easy to see something that makes an impression.
[WATCH] Panic! At the Disco @ Launch 2014 – Fan Video
For me Tellus 360 was the place to be. This was sort of a coming out party for the former retail store turned music venue. With it’s two stages and fine sound system it proved itself to be as good a music hall as one might find in the Northeast. With a focus on singer/songwriter and Americana based rock during the weekend the place was filled with enthusiastic music lovers out to party and party they did. Along with Launch vets Canyon, Sweet Leda, and the great LoveBettie [featuring music lover Sam Campbell from Gigspots.com for their encore]; there were also talented newcomers The Quioxte Project from the Pine Barons of NJ and Harper’s Fellow led by the sweet singing Cortney Metzler and hailing from Asbury Park NJ. I also enjoyed The Balkan Brothers a Black Keys like duo from Hartford, Connecticut.
The Quixote Project @Launch 2014 – “On My Way”
As seen on Gigspots.com
My other favorite finds were outside on Penn Square. Younger Me is a great piano based trio from York ,and Rhythm On Main a young R+B band from Carlisle whose 11 year old drummer had folks in the crowd awestruck. The fact the I personally sat in with The Shackeltons on Sax disqualifies me from saying how good their new line-up and set was but I guess it’s ok to shout out about their label mates Hot Jam Factory who made the most of their CD release set. In closing all I can say is that it was a great weekend and bring on Launch #7.