Music lovers stuck at home due to the COVID-19 virus have some new music available to them as Marco Benevento and Circles Around the Sun have both released live albums through Bandcamp.com, a website that lets musicians sell their music directly to their fans.
For the most part, our planet is still hunkered down. For better or for worse, certain states are starting to slowly try to get back to normal. But, performing arts venues of all sorts are the type of business that’s still on lockdown. Here’s part three of our feature on musicians and how they’re handling stay-at-home orders. Check out parts one and two if you haven’t.
Welcome to part two of Quarantine Life, featuring artists from Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth and more! It’s been interesting watching how the music world has responded to life off the road. Sure, tours have been canceled, and festivals have been rescheduled. What we’re seeing, though, is the bands and artists we love have adapted. Aside from a clear obsession with Joe Exotic and the Tiger King, we’re still seeing them live, but via stream – sometimes nightly.
Since the world shut down a few weeks ago and all live music events have come to a stop we have been wondering what those in the music industry have been doing with their time at home. We reached out and asked our friends, favorite bands, and people in the questions below to find out what they have been doing while living the Quarantine Life.
The Hot August Music Festival, held on August 15 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland, has announced its initial lineup, and the 2020 installment – the festival’s 28th – will bridge many genres. Greensky Bluegrass, Larkin Poe, and Shakey Graves top the lineup, giving fest attendees a little taste of bluegrass, blues, and Americana.
Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett is no stranger to solo work – he’s put out several records under the name Dead Man Winter. With Red Tail, though, Simonett is releasing new music under his own moniker, and it’s an output well worth putting your name on.
Words/Photos: Jake Cudek One of the hottest tickets over this past weekend in Fort Collins was to the performance of the legendary, revolutionary Ani DiFranco. Performing on February 8 at the newly renovated, intimate Washington’s in the Old Town District, DiFranco’s return was highly anticipated, reflected in the fact that her show sold out the day tickets went on sale.
Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, Stephen Stills, and more have been announced as headliners for Light Up The Blues 6 – Concert to Benefit Autism Speaks. The event will take place on May 30 in Los Angeles, CA at the Greek Theatre, and will be hosted by Stephen and Kristen Stills.
Umphrey’s McGee has announced the return of UMBowl an interactive, “four quarters” concert experience., the interactive, fan-directed, marathon concert event. The event disappeared after the 2016 installment, but is returning this year as a two-night event at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on May 1 and 2.
In its 10th year, the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival – held at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville, North Carolina on May 8-9, 2020. The event, which pairs live music from roots/acoustic acts with local breweries, will be headlined by GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass act Steep Canyon Rangers.