Hootie To Launch Month-Long Cybercast Series

After scoring a top five debut on next week's album chart, Hootie & the Blowfish will celebrate by launching a month-long series of daily cybercasts featuring the likes of Third Eye Blind, Paula Cole, Soul Coughing, and more.

On October 2, Hootie and company (whose "Musical Chairs" debuts at number four on next week's album chart) will help the Warner Music Group launch the ear1 MusicFest '98, which can be found at www.ear1.com. The band will bring its show at Chicago's House of Blues to the Internet through a multi-camera cybercast that allows users to select their favorite camera angles and act as their own directors. Select shows that follow in the series, including concerts by Third Eye Blind and Soul Coughing, will also feature a multi-camera feed.

Following the Hootie gig, the site will roll out one exclusive cybercast per day throughout October featuring Morcheeba, Luna, Seven Mary Three, Everything, Royal Crown Revue,

Better Than Ezra, Guster, Brad Mehldau, Gabriela Anders, and others. The cybercasts are free to all users who register for a "virtual pass," and will be presented using RealPlayer technology.