May 20, 2024


Art Is Experience

How Sonoma County musicians are sharing their performances during the coronavirus shutdown

The imaginative impulse simply cannot be denied. With no gigs to enjoy, no museums open up and all the theaters darkish, our musicians, artists and actors go right on sharing their talents, merely due to the fact they have to.

With the community requested to shelter in location during the coronavirus crisis, artists of all varieties have turned to social media to locate a stage for their performances.

The blues and bluegrass band Filthy Cello, an internationally-touring 5-piece ensemble, performs far more than a hundred shows a yr. Now trapped at dwelling, two Filthy Cello customers — the husband-and-spouse workforce of cellist and vocalist Rebecca Roudman and guitarist Jason Eckl — decided to produce an on-line progressive concert.

“We’re midway by means of a Fb Live stream with an interesting twist,” Roudman explained. “We’re doing two tracks a night time for a single 7 days to produce a 14-music concert which we’ll then make into a comprehensive concert YouTube video clip.”

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For Sonoma-centered Royal Jelly Jive, canceled shows have motivated the eclectic band to carry out on-line.

“Though our gigs are canceled, we still have function to do. In instances of crisis, musicians have often been there to fill the chaotic air with melodies of aid,” explained Lauren Bjelde, lead singer of Royal Jelly Jive. “Like the marching band major an military into war, or the string segment participating in as the Titanic sank to her demise, there is still a location for us on the frontline of catastrophe.

“We had to cancel a massive Royal Jelly tour and now have no shows right up until even further see. With the current point out of unexpected emergency, musicians are flooding social media platforms — for the very good of the people today and also for their possess survival,” Bjelde additional. “After participating in massive concerts like BottleRock, it is pretty humbling to be participating in for recommendations and donations as we pretty much busk the digital avenue, much like we used to on Haight Avenue several years in the past. “We’re striving. It’s far more true than ever for us that the clearly show have to go on.”

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On the web collaboration

Sebastian Saint James of Petaluma, leader of the Freeway Poets band, has introduced his songs on-line, generating a new community in the course of action.

“Like anyone, I have located myself at dwelling doing what I can to maintain a very good vibe likely in my dwelling, considering the fact that my gigs have all been canceled or postponed by means of April and that is a significant component of my family’s revenue,” he explained.

“I begun to write lyrics/poetry by means of Fb with followers and good friends to assistance glow a minimal light in this darkening time,” he explained.

He pairs lyrics he has adapted from poetry — created by people today on-line in response to a ask for he posted — with chords and melody. Then he posts those people tracks on-line as uncooked materials for other dwelling studio musicians, encouraging them to combine it with their possess performances and mail their tracks back to Saint James. The operating title is “The Shelter in Area Project” at

For his possess on-line overall performance, guitarist Nate Lopez decided to act specifically as he would at a dwell clearly show, dressed to the component.

“I have a single scheduled for six p.m. Friday on Fb Live. I would ordinarily be gigging at Ricardo’s in Santa Rosa. So rather, I needed to not just go on-line and enjoy, but shave, costume up, set up my equipment and give an genuine non-public concert in people’s residing rooms.”