The blues scene has to follow the same procedures the rest of us. With clubs and other venues now closed, two things are happening. First, we are losing our usual allotment of blues and second, the musicians are losing their gigs. Many people are working to ease the pain of both.
One of the first to take advantage of Facebook was the Tipping Chair, with a live stream of Spellbound. The entire acoustic show went on March 20 from Milldale from 4-7 p.m. Requests were taken via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
These are challenging times for everyone, and music holds us all together and unified. Please watch and interact with artists and support live music until we can see you all in person again soon.
BSP will live stream from the Tipping Chair on Saturday, where Facebook broadcasts have been a regular feature. It is currently closed to public, but service is available for take out and curbside pick up only and of course, for streaming live music.
Dan Stevens’ Live Nightingale's Virtual Concerts began last week. Tune in from 6-8 p.m. and watch for the virtual schedule, which is regularly posted. The music must go on — listen from the comfort of your home and sing out, play along and enjoy. Details at www.musicnowfoundation.org
Breaking with 50 years of springtime tradition, the 2020 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has been rescheduled for the fall because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The new dates for the Jazz Fest weren't specified in an announcement by the festival's producers.
Paul Gabriel is using this time to give teaching via Skype another try. He’s off to a good start, but everyone losing their gigs all at once and for an unknown length of time is disastrous.
Anthony Geraci will live stream a show Friday from the Fallout Shelter, which is typically a live audience recording. Geraci will be highlighting stuff from his upcoming album. It will be free but you can donate. More info will be posted.
Jamie Freitas Who's Playing Where posts has been keeping Southwest Connecticut informed on gigs, is now stepping up to help promote online performances. From Freitas, “Hi everyone, during this time of isolation and live music void please let me know when new online live video performances are happening or posted. They will be linked to on the Who's Playing Where Facebook page.” She has created a photo album, “online performances/caronavirus” that includes links. Check it out: https://is.gd/z2T5Np
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Billy Bileca posted Social Distancing Kitchening Episode 1, “The Trinity.” He has been giving lessons on Upright & Electric Bass, Guitar and Ukulele for more than 25 years, and learned as much or maybe more from my students of all ages and very thankful for all of them. The switch to Online lessons came on suddenly and so far it’s been great. As we connect for the lessons, I notice how important the time spent playing music is.
Richard Badowski writes, “My Wife has been baking this bread for the last 10 years now. It's out of this World! Something to do at home while we're all trying to survive this crisis. Here's the recipe. Enjoy, https://youtu.be/13Ah9ES2yTU Moja zona piecze ten chleb juz od 10 lat. Jest nie z tej Ziemi !
The Blues Foundation has been tracking the global situation and assessing how to move forward in light of the current coronavirus pandemic and is writing to notify you of the following changes to its operations:
“Beginning immediately, and until further notice, The Blues Hall of Fame Museum will be closed to the public. We will notify you immediately as soon as City, State, and Federal Agencies give direction that we can re-open for visitors and tour groups.
“Both the 2020 Blues Music Awards Show and Blues Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony are cancelled. In lieu of live events, The Blues Foundation is beginning work to create virtual events where we will celebrate our BMA nominees and winners and our 2020 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees. Please watch for updates on dates and times to tune in for these important blues events.
“In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, in which so many blues musicians are finding tours and events canceled into the foreseeable future, The Blues Foundation will be creating a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Blues Musicians. We are asking those who have purchased 2020 BMA tickets and/or Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tickets to convert those purchases to donations to be applied directly to this Emergency Relief Fund. Our systems are open now to accept donations and donors can easily donate to this fund at this link or online at www.blues.org.”
There are many more virtual activities taking place. The music is our link to getting through this together.
Get the complete Blues Beat schedule on Thursday at the blog http://bluesbeatnews.wordpress.com/. Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at TWBlus@aol.com.