Moving East
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Moving East

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The best kept secret in music


"Moving East debuts at third annual Cincypunkfest"

More than 700 poeple filled all three floors of the Southgate House Friday, January 24, for the third annual Cincypunkfest. $2500 was raised for the Lighthouse Youth Services, a family and youth services organization. - The Northerner (NKU)

"Band finds simpler way of life"

Their music is similar to artists such as Glen Phillips, Nickel Creek and Nick Drake with vocal harmonies comparable to Guster. The members of the band continually teach and study music theory. Other than friendship, these studies are what link the acoustic quartet. Moving East currently records in Smith's home with Bolender producing the music. They are recording songs with the intention to record an EP this summer. - The Northerner (NKU)

"Cincypunk fest review"

The areas most talented veteran punk musicians haven't lost their fire; they've channeled it into intriguing new sounds. More than 500 fans turned out to hear more than a dozen hometown artists who share punk's independant spirit. The Southgate House's ballroom and the smaller upstairs parlour and lounge hosted some of the local scene's most respected names, as well as several promising newcomers. - The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Studend musicians play for a cause at local music fest"

Seven Northern Kentucky University students will be supporting a youth organization by doing what they love best- play rock 'n' roll. Fifteen bands will perform at the Cincypunkfest III Jan. 21 at the Southgate House on three stages. Out of the 15 bands playing, five have members that are NKU students. Moving East, an acoustic rock quartet, features Ian Bolender, a junior marketing major. - The Northerner (NKU)




Feeling a bit camera shy


Moving East is an acoustic quartet that rose from the ashes of numerous legendary Queen City bands. After years of work in the Midwest with other projects the four artists converged to create something that truly represents their musical talents and motivations. In late 2004 they began writing, and recording songs for Moving East. The music is reminiscent of artists such as Glen Phillips, Nickel Creek, and Nick Drake with vocal harmonies comparable to Guster. The band debuted the project at The Southgate House on January 21 of 2005 for the Third annual Cincypunkfest. Moving East is lining up shows in the Cincinnati area throughout the summer. Recording is underway for a demo to be released in May. (

Ben Smith(Vocals/Guitar) and Mike Marquette(Bass/Vocals) began playing together as a band formally known as Lister in 1998. Meanwhile Ian(Guitar/Vocals) was just beginning his work in a band named Krinj. The three musicians met while playing a Battle of the bands at Bogart’s in 2001. Krinj took first place, and Lister took third. Shortly after the two bands started promoting shows together Lister evolved into a band named Trip to Maine which included Adam Brown(Guitar), formerly of Dexter.

In the following years the musicians collectively released several albums locally, performed at several showcases such as MPMF, assisted in non profit events like the Eric Meyer Scholarship foundation, and shared the stage with hundreds of national and regional bands. Most notably Glen Phillips, Local H, Hey Mercedes, Spitalfield, Limbeck, and The Format. The members of Moving East have also worked for 7 years in the Cincinnati music scene promoting shows for numerous national artists.

Currently Moving East is applying for showcases, and getting material ready for regional shows in the Midwest this summer. The band is recording their own work, and will begin releasing demos in early May. With the talent and experience present in Moving East you can expect to see many exciting things unfold in the coming months.