Friday night was an experience more than five years in the making.
We had the honor of teaming with our friends at ArtsQuest and the Your Next Favorite Band podcast to return to Bethlehem, PA for our first hometown event in a half-decade. Titled Nashville Meets Bethlehem, this songwriter showcase featured a mostly-local lineup, featured in a traditional Nashville writers round format. This empowered our eight performers to share their original songs — and the stories behind them — in an intimate setting.
Round 1 featured the high-energy rock and roll of Roi and the Secret People; the velvet-voiced alt-rock stylings of TIOGA’s Greg Adams; the heavy, emotive pop of Slingshot Dakota’s Carly Comando; and the phenomenal Americana storytelling of Dirty Dollhouse’s Chelsea Mitchell.
As for Round 2, we were treated to the intricate, melodic work of Bethlehem-based hard rockers The Beautiful Distortion; the indie folk-pop of Nashville’s own Bronte Fall; the ever-soulful R&B of Chasing Daylight’s Bobby Siegfried; and the poignant jam-rock of Billy Bauer.
This diverse lineup — presented to a room filled with upwards of 130 people — delighted the crowd with every lyric and chord, while creating an engaging atmosphere in the shadow of the iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.
On behalf of UMC, a huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this event a team effort worth remembering. We can’t wait to see you again, Bethlehem — and it certainly won’t take us another five years!
On Thursday night, rising music producers from Nashville and beyond came to Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME) to participate in Beat Battle XV, presented by The Beat List.
In the end, it was 15-year-old producer Eye-Q who came away with top honors, outlasting a field of talented beatmakers to take home a $500 prize and one month of free membership at HOME, a music industry incubator nestled in the heart of East Nashville.
The tournament-style competition — judged by Grammy-winning producer Konscience Beatz and local radio host Christine B. — also included a special performance by local hip hop artist Andre Wolfe, and was the latest in a long-running series meant to highlight the hip hop production talent coming out of Music City.
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Last week on The Quinn Spinn, we welcomed Music on the Move Studios co-founder, musician, and ECM member Erin McLendon to discuss the growth and evolution of the Music on the Move Showcase, which was set for Tuesday, October 10 at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley.
As always, this semi-annual celebration of community among Nashville’s female musicians and entrepreneurs delivered the goods!
Backed by Erin McLendon & The HellCats, the showcase’s all-female lineup featured a diverse set of performances from pop-rock songwriter Kaylee Federmann, Florida-born country artist Sarah Morey, soul and R&B songstress Amber Sweeney, and the punk-influenced Lunchbox Rachel. Plus, those in attendance on this night to remember got to shop at woman-owned pop-up boutiques, including Rock’n Boho and No Sass Creations.
We had the privilege to attend and capture photos throughout the night, which you’ll find below. Take a look through our lens as we congratulate everyone on the Music on the Move Studios team!
Today, we begin to expand the Underground Music Collective team.
We are proud to introduce The Creative Agency @ UMC, featuring our team of UMC Verified Creators. These talented creative professionals are skilled across several disciplines – including photography, videography, web design, graphic design, social media, copywriting, artist coaching, and music education.
For the past decade-plus, Joywave has been leaving a mark on the alternative rock world. Formed in Rochester, NY in 2010, the band broke through by featuring on Big Data’s 2014 hit, “Dangerous,” before releasing their full length debut, How Do You Feel Now?, the following year.
Fast forward to the present-day, and the band brought its Express Wash tour to The Basement East on Saturday night. The result was high-powered, visually engaging set that showcased the band’s versatility and love of sonic exploration.
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Underground Music Collective is always proud to support our friends at Music on the Move Studios — and they showed up and showed out in East Nashville on Monday night!
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Those who were fortunate enough to catch Blu DeTiger on her Blu DeTour this fall were treated to something completely fresh in the modern music landscape. Blu’s charisma and extraordinary technical prowess (alongside her ability to remind us that bass is, indeed, a lead instrument) work together to create a dynamic and unforgettable live show. Blu’s sound and swagger could fill an arena — and we have no doubt that day is coming, sooner rather than later.
Let me take you back to the Summer of 2017. Nashville still was not but a twinkle in our eye. The Underground Music Collective you know and love today was known as Lehigh Valley Underground, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
My hair was shoulder length, and I resembled the GEICO caveman. If you know, you know. If you don’t, consider yourself fortunate. 😉
DREAMERS have been in my orbit for quite some time. I remember back in the early days of this platform — before we moved to Nashville, and before we were even known as Underground Music Collective — when I would drive through the streets of Bethlehem, PA bumping tunes like “Sweet Disaster” and “Wolves (You Got Me),” traveling from gig to gig, and from meeting to meeting.
So, when we had an opportunity to catch them at The Basement East alongside Smallpools (and with the support of New Jersey natives, Young Rising Sons), we had to jump on it!
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Halloween is ARREIS’ birthday. This year, it also served as the backdrop for a celebration of her new single, “Straight to Hell.”
P.S.: “Straight to Hell” was one of our Songs You Should Hear last week.
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