January 6, 2009
Sundance event to spotlight ‘Speak’
Music performances, readings highlight ASCAP
By PHIL GALLO
Performances and readings related to “The People Speak: Voices of a People’s History of the United States” will be the centerpiece of ASCAP’s 11th annual Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.
Benjamin Bratt, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Q’Orianka Kilcher and Marisa Tomei will read from the book that is the basis of the documentary “The People Speak” on Jan. 22. Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove will narrate. Musical performers are still being booked.
ASCAP books four or five performers every afternoon between Jan. 16 and Jan. 23. Among this year’s performers are Wynonna, Damien Rice, John Rzeznik, Sara Watkins, Rachael Yamagata, Dan Wilson, Chad & Jeremy and Katie Herzig.
The performing rights org uses the cafe to connect composers and songwriters with filmmakers and film and music executives. It has moved this year to Lower Main Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets.