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Over 100 MP3.COM Artists Take Stage In 50-City Tour

SAN DIEGO, (DJC) At least one MP3.com band will walk away with a
record contract and four fans will win a free trip to Hollywood as part of a
concert series taking place in 50 clubs throughout the United States and
Canada.

Presented by IndieNet Promotions, the Summer 2000 Tour features live
performances from more than 100 of the most popular MP3.com musicians in
many of
the top clubs throughout North America.

“This tour showcases the best lineup of independent musicians to ever
appear on stage together,” said Michael Robertson, chairman and chief
executive
officer for MP3.com. “These bands are rock & roll’s future and it’s very
exciting to see them performing together. No one should miss this
opportunity to
see tomorrow’s superstar acts in these intimate club settings.”

Visit Club.MP3.com for complete ticket and tour information, including the
venues where you can see your favorite MP3.com artists performing live.
Fans
purchasing their tour tickets online will receive a free compilation CD and
are
automatically entered in a Backstage Hollywood contest. Winners receive
airfare
and accommodations for two to the August House of Blues show in Hollywood,
including backstage passes and dinner with the bands.

Certain shows will be streamed on MP3.com, allowing fans from all over the
world to experience their favorite bands performing live. “Live music, cool
clubs, your town. That’s what the Summer 2000 Tour is all about,” said Kate
Cole, spokeswoman for IndieNet Promotions, which has hosted several
successful
shows featuring bands from MP3.com in Southern California over the past
year.
“Based on the success of these shows, we felt it was time to reach out
nationally with this ambitious 50-city tour.”

The Summer 2000 Tour commences on May 24, in MP3.com’s own backyard, San
Diego. The tour will then proceed across the United States and Canada,
concluding in Los Angeles, in mid-August.

“From big cities like Atlanta, Chicago and New York, to smaller cities
like
Phoenix, Providence and Burlington, the Summer 2000 Tour will be there,”
Cole
added. “We will be going into the coolest clubs, really taking each town by
storm and showing the world just how great this music is.” In addition to
performing at top clubs like House of Blues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles,
Boston
and New Orleans, the bands will conduct in-store record signings, radio
interviews and press conferences.

Most cities will feature music from two local MP3.com artists as well as
two national touring acts. Emily Richards was chosen as the headlining
national
act based on her enormous popularity with MP3.com users and her high-energy
live
performance. “We want to give the Summer 2000 Tour that local, grassroots
vibe,
but we also want to put the weight and prominence of bigger national and
regional acts behind these shows,” Cole continued. “This tour may be the
single
largest career event to help these artists gain the national recognition
they
deserve.” Other national touring bands include MP3.com artists Fisher, Eve
Selis, the Clear, Big Sky Gainesville, Ginger Mackenzie, Moonpools &
Caterpillars, Anet, Bryan Kelley and the Given.

Viewing the tour as an opportunity to discover new talent, NewVox
Records,
a division of Muscle Shoals Entertainment, will have a representative
present at
each of the 50 shows and will award a nationally distributed record deal to
at
least one of the tour bands. “Watching over 100 of the best emerging bands
perform in their home markets will be a great way to discover some top
talent,”
said Jimmy Johnson of NewVox Records. “I have a feeling we’ll be signing
more
than just one band from this tour.”

“These are revolutionary times for music,” said Emily Richards, the
headlining national act. “And now we get to take our music from the cyber
world
to our fans by playing live in cities across the country. This is the
opportunity of a lifetime!”

www.mp3.com/summit.

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