Music Moves Festival This Saturday on the MTA's Music City Circuit

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Talk about ringing our bells! This Saturday, passengers on Metro Transit's Music City Circuit buses will get more than just a free ride around downtown: They'll get a free live show and a chance to support a cool music-related cause, courtesy of the Music Moves Festival, a clever joint venture of the MTA, CMT, and Popcause, LLC, a local firm that helps make worthy causes an attractive branding proposition for larger companies. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., riders on the Green and Blue Circuits will be treated to 15-minute acoustic sets from nearly two dozen local performers ranging from folk mixmasters to soul singers, country rockers, indie rockers and beyond; the list includes such notables as Abigail Washburn, Marc Scibilia, Allen Thompson, Great Peacock, James Wallace, The Electric Hearts and The Lonely H.

The buses will run their normal routes (covering the area between the Farmers' Market and The Gulch; visit the MTA for details), and will be free of charge, as always. However, the players are donating their time to raise awareness of and collect donations for Notes for Notes, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based nonprofit that builds and operates fully functional recording studios, called Music Boxes, in conjunction with Boys and Girls clubs. After success on the West coast, the organization chose Nashville as the first home for a franchise operation, founding satellite Music Boxes on the north and south sides of town. Recording gear may be getting cheaper all the time, but Notes for Notes and the Music Boxes make sure that kids in need can access to both the gear and a supportive, supervised environment to express themselves, free of charge.

Artist additions for the festival are in the works, but take a peep at the full list as of press time after the jump.

From the press release:

The 15-minute "shows" aboard the two bus routes will include performances by:
Abigail Washburn
Marc Scibilia
Ella Mae Bowen
Ferraby Lionheart
Anderson East
Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden
Modoc
Young Hines
Staying for the Weekend
Allen Thompson
Taylor Brashears
Feedback Revival
The Rough & Tumble
Great Peacock
James Wallace & the Naked Light
The Electric Hearts
Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles
The Saint Johns
The Lonely H
Hannah Miller
Charlie Whitten
Peter Terry & The City Profits

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