CMJ is the lord of the indie conferences/festivals


By Brian F. Johnson

 Oct. 31-Nov. 4
New York, N.Y.

If Bonnaroo is the king of the outdoor field festival, CMJ wears the crown when it comes to industry conference and indie gathering.

Since 1981, thousands of artists representing the worlds of rock, electronica, hip-hop, loud rock, Americana, international, blues, jazz and everything else have invaded New York during CMJ to perform in the city’s premiere clubs and venues. Last year, CMJ attracted more than 100,000 people, and every year CMJ defines the up-and-coming artists of the year. Past artists are a who’s who of great acts, whom no one knew when they played CMJ.

This is the big dog, and attendance is a must.





(As calculated by from

Denver, Co. to New York, N.Y.).

Total Est. Time: 27 hours, 8 minutes

Total Est. Distance: 1,779 miles


ALONG THE WAY: This is New York City, so even the most exhaustive list of things to do will miss something. For the music freaks however, New York is the ultimate gold mine. Among the numerous attractions are the infamous Dakota Building, where John Lennon was killed and the nearby spot in Central Park named in his honor as Strawberry Fields.





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