This April marks the third installation of the MOVE Music Festival, a city-wide concert mega-event and industry showcase. Think South By Southwest but with less sunscreen and barbecue.
This week, promoters Indian Ledge Music and the Avid Agency released their first round of band announcements, 50 acts of an estimated 100 who will play a number of local venues over the course of April 25-27. As with prior years, the booking has been facilitated through ReverbNation, which received 2600 applicants for this year’s event. Billed as an “indie rock music festival,” the festival’s website lists “originality, quality of music, presentation, live performance and songwriting ability” under its selection criteria, boasting a diversity of artists but stating that “artists in the country, rap, jazz, blues, classical, black metal or speed metal genres will not be considered for live performances.”
The initial round of bands includes: Magic Man, Black Taxi, Sirsy, King Django, Trapped in Static, the Big Takeover, Bastinado, Shinobi Ninja, Margo Macero, Titanics, Goodbye Motel, the Show, Bong Hits for Jesus, Stellar Young, Predator Dub Assassins, Dead Leaf Echo, Party Boat, Gusto, Fiction for Bandits, Joclyn Arndt, the Racer, Lost in Society, Scary Americans, the Warp/the Weft and a bunch more local, regional, national and international acts.
The other half of the event is an industry tradeshow featuring panel discussions and speakers. The keynote speaker this year will be David Novik, a music industry consultant who has worked for Sony, RCA and Decca Label Group. Other speakers include Chronogram music editor Peter Aaron, musician-producer Ted Mason, PR rep Steve Theo, BMI songwriting scout Calvin Rosekrans and many more. In all, the event will feature 16 “interactive roundtables” with industry representatives.
Organizer Bernard Walters says, “we feel [the festival] is growing fast,” having expanded in the number of events, performers and days the festival now features. To keep up with the expanded performance schedule, the festival will be featured on the Timbre Mobile App, where audience members can track the performance schedule and create itineraries.
The next round of band announcements will come mid-March but wristbands for the event are already available through the festival website movemusicfest.com. At $15, they’re undeniably a steal, but the price will go up as the event date approaches.