UMC is Nashville-based, but our roots are planted in a small former steel city about an hour north of Philadelphia.
We began our journey in the indie music blogosphere in 2016 as Lehigh Valley Underground, a regional publication covering the local music scene in Eastern Pennsylvania. Every August, Musikfest served as an anchor point — a 10-day celebration featuring artists at all levels, from talented locals, to mid-range independent artists catching fire, to some of the biggest names in music.
I had the honor of joining the team at ArtsQuest — the Bethlehem-based non-profit behind Musikfest — as Event Staff in time for the 2014 festival. I tell that story here. Here in the 2020s, I’ve begun taking an annual “vacation” to rejoin the Musikfest family, with the number one goal of making sure you don’t cause a ruckus.
I’m telling you this, because I’ll be a little tied up over the next week or so. I’m also looking at this as an opportunity to find new inspiration from the festival that spawned this publication’s very existence. Expect us to come out swingin’ upon my return from “vacation.”
In the meantime, we’ll still be delivering the goods here over the next week. That includes a new UMC20 (curated by UMC’s own Jenna Rose) and an episode of The Quinn Spinn. Keep an eye out!
And, if you’ve been following UMC since it was LVU, maybe I’ll see you at ‘Fest?
Let’s kick off your month the best way we know how: with yet another NashLive! show announcement!
We’ll return once again to The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville) for another night rooted in the grand tradition of rock and roll. This time, we’re bringing CH3LS, Allan Fine & The Finites, and The Z-Man Experience into the fold!
While you enjoy your Sunday Funday, we turn your attention to next Sunday, August 7.
That’s when the Sunday Funday Crew — that’s Lord Goldie, Foundation Mecca, and ViB — will once again bring their Sunday Funday Xperience to Flash Me Xperience, located at 1048 Jefferson St. in Nashville.
A couple weeks back, we let you know that Music on the Move Studios had rescheduled their upcoming LGBTQ+ showcase — originally intended to take place on the eve of Nashville Pride Week — for Wednesday, August 31 at The East Room.
We’re back to tell you that the lineup is now complete!
If you live in Nashville, opportunities to network within the music industry are everywhere around you. And, if you’re looking for specifics, Jenna Rose has the answer!
As announced just a few days ago, NashLive! will be taking over Nashville’s iconic The Listening Room Cafe on Monday, October 3 with a special writers round event, featuring songwriters from here in Nashville — and beyond.
We couldn’t wait any longer. Let’s introduce you to the four songwriters who will join us in front of The Listening Room’s brick wall backdrop!
Meet the Songwriters
NashLive! has big plans for this fall, and they include heading into new venues to present independent talents — from Nashville and beyond!
Hey, Nashville-based artists — do you want to be as cool as 2021 Tennessee Titans Battle of the Bands winners, Juke of June (pictured above)?
Your opportunity awaits!
Last month, Music on the Move Studios was set to bring a Pride-themed LGBTQ showcase to BentoLiving Chestnut Hill, but then… COVID happened.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that the show is now rescheduled for The East Room on Wednesday, August 31.
In case you didn’t know, we have an official podcast. Not only do we have an official podcast, but a lot of our friends have podcasts, too, full of insightful conversations and witty banter around music, creativity, and life itself.
So, we got to thinking: what if we provided a weekly guide highlighting these podcasts, to give the people something to look forward to? Just like that, the UMC Weekly PodGuide was born!
To start, here are a few episodes worth your drive time — all of which are set to drop this week!
Enter the PodGuide