MOVE is a collective, collaborative musical ensemble showcasing local talent in such a way as to maximally capitalize on the magic of spontaneity. True live music.

Jon Zell had a simple, if potentially unwieldy, idea: to bring together a stylistic variety of Long Beach musical talent flexible enough to accommodate special guest songwriters performing whatever sort of material they felt like doing on the fly, yet structured enough to keep the music reined in as tight songs rather than free-form jams. MOVE originated with the occasional free night at 4th Street Vine, whose owner recognized a good thing when he saw it and promptly gave the group the fourth Friday night of every month, which lasted until entertainment-permit issues cut that short. Currently, MOVE maintains a monthly residency at Bixby Knolls First Fridays, along with sporadic gigs around town.

Core Lineup:

Jon Zell – guitar, vocals, bells & whistles
Freddie Joseph Dilworth – guitar, harmonica, vocals
Michael Plell – bass, vocals
Josiah Miller – drums/percussion, vocals
Greggory Moore – percussion/dancing, vocals
Rachel Star Albright – vocals
John Daniel – saxophone, flute
Patrick O’Konski – drums
Laura Merryfield – violin
Emily Odell – vocals

Regular guests: Kale Stiles, Benj Clarke, Roland Cruces, Sean Blake, Cody Thomas, Joy Shannon, Sky Manzanetti, Brendan Vasquez, Ann Louise Thaiss, Taylor Crawford, Jon Laurence Sacks.

Special guests: Alyssandra Nighswonger, Andrea Walker, Ryan Serrano, Jenny Stockdale, Stephen Dusty Hart, Luis Uquidi, Thomas Amerman, Katie Chappell, Robi Duganne, Jennifer Couper, Salina Cisneros, Jamie Sweet, Thor Jensen, Bri Cherry, Christopher David Sumner, Marcus Chavez, Cody Thomas, Matt LaRue, Clayton Peters, Peter Fraszcynski, Camilo Barahona, Josh Fischel, Travis Christopherson, Paul Stengel, Ryan Pena, Freeman Land, John Eldridge, Alexander Bradley, Matthew Proffitt, Sumner LeVeque, Ellen Warkentine, Solange Kaye Marie Igoa, & more contributing all the time. Maybe even you?

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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