These are tough times for musicians and independent artists. Hundreds of shows have been canceled around the state. Furthermore, local bands that were touring nationally and even internationally have had to postpone or cancel gigs.

Local artists are exploring some cool, creative alternatives to live shows in an attempt to make up some of their lost revenue. The most popular of these is streaming shows.

For example, Chris Perricelli (the frontman of retro glam rockers Little Man) did a solo living room show that streamed on his Facebook page on March 15.

Announcements of more are coming in fast and furious. In lieu of their planned gig at the Aster on March 19, indie Americana rockers Timbre Ghost and songwriter Savannah Smith are streaming a show on Facebook at 7 pm that night. Indie folk duo The Lowest Pair are streaming a performance of their entire first album, 36Cents, on March 20th at 7 pm.

Charlie Parr, Minnesota’s most famous folk bluesman, also recently announced that he’s joining the party. He’ll be streaming an entire live concert from Duluth Cider on March 25th. Multiple cameras will make the experience especially engaging, in addition to providing work for more people. 

More of these shows are being announced every day. Be sure to regularly check the social media accounts of your favorite local bands, and if you have the money, help them out with a donation. 

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