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Here’s the Official 2021 Dark Masquerade Lineup!

A couple weeks ago, we told you about The Dark Masquerade, an inclusive Halloween-themed celebration of art, music, and community that we’re presenting alongside HOUSEQUAKE Productions and NashLive!

The day has come for us to announce the lineup — and like we said when we made the original announcement, this lineup is fire!

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Self-Made Men: A Conversation with Tee Walls, Esquire, and Keith Mosley

Led by hip hop artist, producer, and entrepreneur Tee Walls, Wall to Wall Entertainment is an artist collective which also prominently features the talents of R&B singer Esquire and rapper/producer Keith Mosley. This driven trio of artists is doing everything they can to put themselves on the map, while fostering a creative community bound to impact generations to come.

Hear what these self-made men are working on, as we get ready to host them for A Night of Nashville Hip Hop at Cobra Nashville alongside Lord Goldie, Mr. 110, and Rambo Lee on Saturday, October 16.

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PHOTOS: Sarah Manzo, Dakota Ryley, and Julia Kahn at The East Room

Friday night was yet another opportunity for some of Music City’s most notable independent talents to take the stage at The East Room, courtesy of NashLive!

This time, it was an all-female lineup of Nashville-based pop artists who captured the crowd’s imagination.

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All the Women Who Independent (Musicians), THROW YOUR HANDS UP AT ME!

I promised you the female perspective, and here it is! As someone who’s been in Nashville for 13 years now — shout out to 17 year old Erin for taking the plunge! — I have a pretty solid grasp on what it’s like to be a woman in this industry. I am also keenly aware of the fact that I have a lot to learn, and will probably always have a lot to learn. Our industry is ever-changing and, if this past year has taught us anything, it is to adapt and survive. 

Let me hit you with some facts: 

  • In the last 10 years, the peak percentage of women being played on country radio was 33%. It has since declined to almost half of that, reaching just 16% in 2019.
  • In 2019, Mickey Guyton’s single “Better Than You Left Me” was pulled from country radio after consistently climbing, because country radio “didn’t want two female ballads on the charts at the same time.” 
  • Only 12.3% of the 600 most popular songs from 2012-2018 were female performers. That’s 73 performers. Out of 600.
  • In 2020, only four female artists made the Billboard Top 20 year-end lists, with Taylor Swift being #9. 

So, what’s my point? My point is that we, as women in this industry, can’t follow the traditional model of “making it,” because that deck is simply not stacked in our favor. 

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Songs You Should Hear: PuffHost Brings the Good Vibes, Esquire Brings the Love Back + More

I had an idea last week, somewhere in the midst of getting ready to move into my new apartment (Friday) and throw NashLive’s first ever festival (Saturday). That idea is to feature a few songs in a single article, quick hits-style, and to tell you what we like about them!

In the future, the idea is to have other UMC contributors (not just me) give their staff picks for the week. But for now, I don’t see any harm in starting this party. With that, I welcome you to…

Songs You Should Hear: October 6, 2021

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Fun -N- Games: Michelle’s Mystery Game ft. The Mad Sugars

Michelle apparently has a new game that she invented for tonight’s edition of #UMCFunNGames.

Find out what it is when she and Jenna welcome The Mad Sugars tonight at a special start time of 7:30 p.m. CT!

Watch it Live! (7:30 p.m. CT)

UMC20: Upcoming Shows and More Fun (Oct. 5, 2021)

You may have noticed that we have our hands in a lot of upcoming shows around Nashville this month. So, we’ve crammed as many of those artists as are announced onto a single edition of UMC20, and peppered it with some other submissions and notable releases.

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Pursuing a Life of Service and Excellence with Ty Warner

Ty Warner is a performer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Air Force veteran whose keen perspective and approach to his everyday life embodies the pursuit of excellence. A keen songsmith and global citizen, Ty splits his time between Nashville and Cheyenne, Wyoming, where public service remains at the center of all he does.

Ty joins us today for a conversation about life, the music industry, the joys of creativity, and so much more.

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