Lady Justice rocks out


Published: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 2:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 2:50 p.m.

Many things come to mind when I think of a music festival. Law geeks with tailored suits, espresso and 50-pound textbooks usually don't make the grade. But they do today.

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Amanda Garrigues will be playing in the Music Law Conference showcase on Saturday at Market Street Pub.

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The UF Levin College of Law are letting their collective hair down this weekend for the third edition of what, back in 2002, became the nation's first Music Law Conference.

Now, this isn't just another excuse to go get tanked at the bar while some bands play in the background. Oh no. Saturday will see hour after hour of the down-and-dirty knowledgeable providing panel discussion on how to actually become one of those people in the posters on your wall.

Although it begins at the ungodly hour of 9 am, the panels will go over everything from copyright to demos to what you have to do to break into the recording business. Scene and indie kids alike won't want to miss out on the DIY presentation beginning at 9:15 at the Reitz Union.

No conference on music would be complete without some actual live music, and our lawyer friends have booked half the venues in town throughout the weekend to showcase their wares.

Personally, my big hit of the weekend hits Market Street on Saturday night with the one-woman show of Amanda Garrigues. If you've ever enjoyed an Ani DiFranco song, this is definitely the place to be.

Though they don't mesh with my tastes, and some of them downright stick in my craw, quite a few other G-ville notables are bucking up for the showcase. Neo-rockers Jabberwocky and Downpsychol take respective Friday and Saturday slots at Eddie C's. More leftovers of the rap-metal craze, like Star Sixty Nine and Jopeye, take Shamrock's Friday night opening.

Tentatively scheduled is a performance by a dastardly unique group, The Labors of Sisyphus, at, of all places, JetSet right after Saturday's discussion panel. If you can stand the shiny-shirt atmosphere, I'd definitely make a cameo for their performance.

Full scheduling and info can be found at www.musiclawconfrence.com.

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