It seems like yesterday we were going about out lives and seeing fantastic bands pack venues around town. Alas all that changed as the coronavirus has taken over significant portions of our daily lives. Venues are now shuttered, we have friends who are out of work, and we’re spending. lot more time at home.
Thankfully there is still great music out there, albeit online. Many musicians have stepped up to take these new challenges in stride. On St Patricks Day iconic Celtic punk rockers Dropkick Murphys performed were unable to perform their annual show in a traditional music venue, so they took to the internet to perform their live set while streaming it across a variety of online platforms.
Here in Seattle we have a variety of musicians stepping up to the plate.
With the loss of SXSW many of our local acts who had been scheduled performances had to cancel their plans. Thankfully one of Seattle’s beloved fast food institutions Dick’s Drive-In stepped up to the plate to bring the SXSW stage streaming directly to your home via a live streaming series called NXNW.
Every night from March 20th to 25th (6pm PST) five of Seattles best rising stars will be performing before a multi-camera array live at the famed London Bridge studios in Seattle. Each night brings us a dizzying array of musicians including genre bending artists like Paris Alexa and Bear Axe.
Even if you miss these amazing performance they will be archived and distributed as a series called “NXNW 2020” and made available for streaming any your leisure via Amazon Prime Video.
Other musicians are looking for a more subtle approach. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and Postal Service fame reached out to his fans in a letter via Twitter saying “I know you are all freaked out right now. I am too. And while I’m proud that we’re all doing the necessary things at the moment to help flatten the curve, I know it has left us incredibly isolated.”
His goal will be to help us all get through this via an online series called Ben Gibbard: Live From Home where everyday at 4pm PST he will be streaming live performances from his home studio.
International artists are also doing their part to help with artists like Christine And The Queens posting taking her vibrant artistry online by posting nightly acoustic sessions direct from her Paris recording studio (6pm CET on Instagram).
While many of us are stuck at home the internet has provided a unique opportunity to come together and see musicians from all genres banding together to help provide hope and encouragement for us all during these uncertain times.