More than 23 musical acts performed Saturday on Nashville Metro Transit Authority's free Music City Circuit blue and green routes in the 2013 Music Moves Festival.
The mobile music festival, held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., raised awareness and funds for local non-profit music education organization Notes for Notes.
"It's basically a concert for everyone in Nashville, to sit on the bus and hear some new music and get exposed to new artists," field producer John Angeli explained.
The Music City Circuit is free but donations were accepted for the musical rides with proceeds going to Notes for Notes, which operates after-school recording studio environments so that youth may explore, create and record music for free.
Artists performed 15-minute acoustic sets during regularly scheduled bus trips.
Event organizers say there wasn't a lot of publicity so MTA riders got a musical surprise.
"For the most part, a lot of them are just showing up on the bus like, ‘what's going on?' They have no idea what is going on but they are enjoying it and having a good time," Angeli said.
Riders liked the unexpected experience.
Karen Atkins said, "I've enjoyed it and it's really relaxing to hear the band on the bus."
"I think it is great. It is a great way to enjoy Nashville. It has been very relaxing, exciting," added Sandra Bivens.
Saturday was the first Music Moves Festival but event organizers hope to make it an annual event.