Does anyone live in or near Philadelphia? Anyone traveling to the area during this weekend? Are you looking for something to do? If so, I have a suggestion for you! The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art is holding a music video festival! Now, if you are anything like me, you watched a ton of music videos as a kid. MTV was regularly playing in my household. In fact, it is where I discovered a lot of bands that I fell in love with. (*coughDuranDurancough*) Since MTV’s heyday in the 1980s, the twenty-hour music channel changed its focus. While MTV might have changed, I still find myself a fan of the music video. Thus, an event like this definitely appeals to me!
This event began yesterday and continues through Sunday night, March 1st. The events vary to include everything from presentations about They Might Be Giants to Name that Video game. If you are interested, full details can be found on their website here. One event, though, that really caught my attention was the final activity, which is a tribute to the show, 120 Minutes. This includes a history of the show, a Guess that Video contest, and clips from the show. I would love to attend something like this. I loved that show and have such fond memories of watching it each and every week. A lot of my friends loved it, too, and we often watched highlights together in between those Sunday airings.
Yet, this video music festival brings up a bigger question for me, which is how many people would attend something like this? How popular is it? How many New Wave fans would attend events like this one or other similar events that celebrate the music and bands we love? If you are interested in attending events that celebrate New Wave/Alternative Music and Fandom, what kind of activities would interest you the most? Would you like the idea of the games that this music video festival is including? Would you like finding out more about shows, bands, etc. in an educational type format? Would you like to be able to connect with people from the bands and shows you loved? What about nightclubs that have more of an 80s theme? Does that interest you?
Now, of course, I’m sure that each and every one of you love attending concerts by your favorite bands as do the authors of this blog, but we all know that the bands we love can’t tour all the time or don’t always come near you. Thus, would events like this music video festival be something fun in between concerts? Have you been to anything like this before? If so, how was it? What did you like about it? What didn’t you like about it?
While you are thinking over all the questions I just asked, let’s watch a few videos of 120 Minutes!