Review and photographs by Brian Tromans
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy
The Northeast’s newest indie music festival took place last month in Albany. Now in its second year, the MOVE Music Festival’s purpose is to give exposure to regional talent through live performances at venues around Albany. Nearly 100 bands were selected based on originality, songwriting, live performance and overall talent.
The day kicked off at Hilton Albany where the artists got to meet with industry professionals to discuss today’s independent music scene and gain insight on how to build a career in music. Keynote speaker was Bob Tulipan, author of “Rockin in the New World.” Tulipan has worked in the music industry for over 30 years and has produced scores of concerts and festival events with major artists including the Police, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest, Gloria Estefan, the Go Go’s, Patti Smith and Talking Heads.
Other industry professionals included Lou Plaia (co-founder of ReverbNation), Nadine Gelineau (founder and CEO of the Musebox), Jayce Varden (founding partner of Pledge Music), Jeff Lanier (from LabelRecruit), Calvin Rosekrans (associate director of Writer-Publisher Relations at BMI), Kevin Box (founder of Horse To Water Marketing), Craig Sala (drummer for Paranoid Social Club), Veronica Gretton (from 401K Music), Jerry Marotta (from Dreamland Recording Studios), entertainment attorney Paul Czech, Marc Emert-Hunter (senior director at ASCAP) and Michele Clark (from Michele Clark Promotion), among others.
The music kicked off at venues around Albany including the Hollow Bar + Kitchen), McGeary’s Pub, Valentine’s Music Hall, Red Square, Pauly’s Hotel, the Fuze Box, Blue 82, the Barrel Saloon, 74 State Hotel, Franklin’s Tower, Flo’s Lark Tavern, and Justin’s on Lark.