College students from across the country participating in the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) off-campus study program are making final preparations for the eighth semiannual CMC Live tour, which begins on November 15th and concludes on the 26th. The tour will consist of performances on six college campuses in Eastern Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida that are organized, performed, and produced entirely by CMC students. Each performance will be free of charge and will feature a local headliner from the host college.
The CMC set will include a variety of artists which represent various contemporary genres, including pop, rock, indie, alternative, blues, folk, and jazz. The songs featured will be mostly originals, composed only weeks before at the CMC campus in Brentwood. The tour will conclude with a home show at The Hardscuffle, the CMCʼs own venue. The CMC program divides students into three tracks: artist, business, and technical. Artist track students focus on songwriting and performance, business track students manage the artists and plan the tour, and technical track students run lights and sound for each show. Each track spends the semester learning the ins and outs of the music industry, all while gaining practical experience in their respective crafts.
Founded in 2001, the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) is an off-campus study program owned and operated by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, the CMC empowers aspiring young artists, engineers, and businesspeople to explore the world of popular music through hands-on experience and regular interaction with industry professionals.
Headliner band is From Whence They Came, featuring sophomore Garrett Hill, drums; Caleb Wright, guitar; Jacob Burgess, bass; and sophomore Curtis Lieser, lead vocals. This free concert is open to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Rudd Auditorium on the Bryan campus.