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Checking In from the Nation’s Largest Free, Non-Gated Music Festival

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?

NEW SHOW ALERT: CH3LS, Allan Fine & The Finites, and The Z-Man Experience at The 5 Spot Sept. 30

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!

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ON SALE NOW: Music on the Move’s Aug. 31 LGBTQ+ Showcase at The East Room

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!

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Meet the Lineup: NashLive! Takeover at The Listening Room

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

10 Things Every Musician Should Have in Their Gig Bag

If you’re a touring musician — or even a regularly gigging musician — you’ve been in a spot where you show up to a show and you’re missing *something.* Whether it’s your picks for your guitar, extra strings, batteries, whatever!

We here at Music on The Move Studios want you to fret no more, dear reader. We have compiled a list of our top 10 things that we keep in our gig bags so that, before you go out and rock the stage, you have yourself a handy-dandy checklist!

SAVE THE DATE: Music on the Move Showcase Rescheduled for Aug. 31 at The East Room

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.

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