While the novel coronavirus has forced many concerts and shows to be either postponed or completely canceled, some artists and event organizers are adapting to the new normal to bring live music to huge crowds…all from the comfort of your home.
With the advent of livestreaming, you can watch just about anything as it’s happening, so long as you have an internet connection. Of course, it’s not the same as a physical concert experience, but if artists and musicians are willing to put on a show for their fans no matter where they are, why not tune in for a bit?
Local celebrity Jeff Daniels hosted a live concert from his home studio in April in order to benefit The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. Daniels is the founder of The Purple Rose, which has been around since 1991, producing theatre productions to “define our collective Midwestern voice.” Anyone can watch the concert for free via YouTube, but Daniels is asking viewers to make a donation to The Purple Rose if they are able to.
The Magic Stick produced a live music event via Instagram Live and Twitch featuring Grant Jackson and Discreet Disco. In the spirit of Taco Tuesday, the event took place on Tuesday, April 21 and was dubbed “Tacos, Turntables and Tequila.” You can catch the archive of the show on their Twitch channel.
Many Detroiters are no stranger to Warped Tour, which saw its final tour last year, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Wanting to change the way people talk about mental health, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has been hard at work with Talinda Bennington to produce 320 Festival. That festival was scheduled to take place across the entire L.A. LIVE complex but has obviously had to change plans due to COVID-19. Now, 320 Festival will take place online May 8-10 and can be viewed on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and the KNEKT.TV Network on Roku and Apple TV. In addition to musical performances, there will be educational sessions and workshops to teach people about mental health conditions, how to seek help, and more.