A musical collaborative. Too short? Okay, here’s the long version:
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. This lasted until entertainment-permit issues cut short the fun. But MOVE kept getting together wherever we could (including some awfully fun afternoons camped out all over people’s living rooms), and eventually we got a monthly residency at Bixby Knolls First Fridays. The more people who saw us play, the more offers we received to play elsewhere, a success that led to the band’s becoming increasingly solidified (though while still maintaining enough fluidity to accommodate guest players). MOVE has played the Queen Mary, Fingerprints Music, BuskerFest, Zombie Walk, an ever-increasing number of clubs and bars, two epic birthday parties, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show . . . You get the idea.