Covid-19 Closing Down Music Venues



  • Venues Closing Down All Around; Creative Alternatives. Let' Hear Them!



  • So our Governor is closing down all restaurants as of 9 pm TONIGHT. I am convincing Jazz Central to keep our gig going tonight and have a kicking closing out jazz jam from 8-9 PM tonight Here is my suggested set list:

    The Party's Over;
    Alone Together (limits to a group of 2);
    Alright, OK, You Win;
    Blues on the Corner (small street of course);
    Careless Love;
    Chain of Fools;
    Days and Nights Waiting;
    Displacement;
    Do Nothin Till You Hear from Me;
    Don't Blame Me;
    Fever;
    Full Moon and Empty Arms;
    Get Out of Town;
    Got a Match?;
    I'll Be Seeing You;
    In Case You Haven't Heard;
    Is it Really True?;
    It Ain't Necessarily So; I
    Just You and Me (that number is still allowed);
    Killer Joe (Joe's infected);
    Left Alone;
    Let's Call the Whole Thing Off;
    Lonely Town;
    Long Ago and Far Away;
    Mercy Mercy Mercy;
    Nice Work if You Can Get It;
    Who Can I Turn To;
    You Better Leave it Alone;

    AND FINALLY for those attending with sniffles and a cough, free medical advice within the song:
    Upper Manhattan Medical Group!


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    I’ve considered some small jams with a few friends while no gigs are happening, but plan on taking advantage of the practice time while I’m home earlier most nights. So much to do, and usually not enough time to get to it all, so might as well come back from this break better than I was!



  • @Dr-GO said in Covid-19 Closing Down Music Venues:

    Venues Closing Down All Around; Creative Alternatives. Let' Hear Them!

    Sorry to hear this. My next gig is March 28th. I suspect it will get cancelled, as will some senior center gigs I have coming up.

    You asked about creating alternatives. How about live video streaming through Facebook or YouTube. Has anyone used other streaming platforms? Has anyone used digital tipping for events like this?

    Mike



  • Time to clean up your websites. Nothing that demonstrates a superior attitude more than keeping the creative juices flowing. I can imagine that people stuck at home would spend more time online. It would be a good thing to have a big chunk of that time.





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    Great job on FEVER, Steve.



  • Just got word that my Easter gig is still on. The pastor is going to record the Easter service including my performance on Friday before Easter then steam the service on their Facebook page on Easter Sunday. I am sending my performance contract this evening.



  • Just received this email from the leader of one of the big bands I play in:

    Hey Generations,
    I hope everyone is doing well, I've talked to many of you over the past week. I miss performing with you all. Several members have spoken with me about a recording from home project. So we're going to try it. We have decided to do 145 All The Way.... I will be sending out a backing track in the next couple of days, you can listen to the track and play your part along with it... You will need to video yourself playing your part on a GoPro, Tablet, or cell phone, while listening to the backing track through headphones... Once you have recorded your parts you can upload them... I will be mixing the audio.

    This sounds like an innovative idea. If it happens, I will provide an update as to how this works out.



  • As a physician. I would like to share some personal patient experiences that I hope gives a sobering perspective to all my musician friends here on TB. Stay healthy, Please:

    “So, what if, any, exposure to COVID did you have?” It’s a story I ask to every COVID patient I admit or care for. The stories are becoming increasingly alarming. They speak to both our marked uptick in community spread and also the apathy/ lack respect for this disease. Here are a few of the stories of COVID positive patients i have encountered in the last week:

    Upstanding citizen in a nice suburban neighborhood: “I knew all 4 people in my house were COVID positive but we didn't feel that bad; so we hosted a 40 person graduation party. We didn't tell any of the guests we were positive.”

    Construction worker: “Everyone I work with has a flu-like illness but no one wants to believe it’s COVID so no one else is getting tested or staying home or wearing a mask “

    Grocery store clerk: “I kept going to work during the three days my COVID test was pending. I knew it might be positive but I really had to work”.
    ==> it WAS positive. And In those 3 days at work she interacted with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of customers

    Random girl: “I knew I was COVID positive but I got really bored of staying home so I went out and ran errands”. “Did you at least wear a mask?” “No”. Where did she go? Grocery store. Target. Convenience store. Park.

    “I went to a funeral and now 10 people from the funeral are all positive for COVID”

    “My daughter works at a local daycare and caught COVID. 4 days after she had symptoms I developed them too.” ...........a few days later, we admitted the daughter, too. For COVID-induced psychosis. A legit and terrifying thing utterly unique to COVID.

    “I work as a housekeeper. I try my best to wear gloves and mask the entire time I am in a strangers house. But I go into 5+ houses a day”.

    “I live with My niece. She works at a laundromat. She developed symptoms last week”.

    “I developed a fever last Wednesday And was coughing. I went to the beach Saturday anyways. We ended up coming home Sunday because I was having shaking chills and fevers to 103F”

    “ I knew my coworker who I work closely with had COVID and I was supposed to be isolating. But we hosted a dinner party Saturday night for 2 neighbrhohood families. Today I tested positive. Do you think I should tell the other families?”

    “I am a prisoner at a butner and eveyone there has COVID. EVERYONE. There is no way we can socialLY distance. NONE. We are doomed. It’s like we’ve been given a death sentence”.

    Someone said on my local moms groups the other day that the COVID info is too dramatic; it always feels like the sky is falling. And people are getting immune to the news.

    It’s very hard NOT to feel like the sky is falling when the numbers keep steadily rising and the stories become increasingly more egregious.

    I hope these stories illustrate how widespread and endemic this is becoming in our Communtiy and emphasize the need to continue to take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe. At this point There is an extremely high probability that whenever you go out, someone in your grocery store has it. Someone in your neighborhood or workplace has it. Your lovely dinner party host may have it and choose not to disclose to you.
    Assume eveyone has it. Wear a mask. wash your hands. Do not become complacent.



  • Thank you for the above post, Gary. Folks in northeast IN are tired of being cooped up and the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases per day proves it - we have not “flattened the curve” here. The outdoor venue for my community band’s summer concert series has canceled all events until 2021. Plans for the band to begin rehearsing again in early July more and more appear to be wishful thinking.

    Jim



  • Comeback, yes I was to play at an outdoor jazz festival at a large complex here in Dayton last weekend but this was cancelled as well.



  • @Dr-GO said in Covid-19 Closing Down Music Venues:
    As a physician. I would like to share some personal patient experiences that I hope gives a sobering perspective to all my musician friends here on TB.

    😨 😨 😨 😨



  • I am really amazed how stupid people can be. I mean, this little bit of "lockdown" is NOTHING compared to the sacrifices from many other events in human history. We basically have all the amenities of modern life - and are very ungrateful.

    Even if we view this in respect to loving our neighbors as ourselves, we realize how selfish and unchristian this behavior is.

    Even talking about how Covid has caused restriction of "our constitutional rights" shows how perverted many Americans view of freedom is.

    To be honest, there is nowhere else that I would like to be than in Germany right now (well, New Zealand is also on the same page). At least there is responsible behavior and government listening to the medical community instead of morons dictating stupidity!

    I do not know of one single musician with nothing to work on. This is a wonderful opportunity to break normal lifes lockdown on our grooming of basics.


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    In some ways, many view freedom as the right to "do whatever the h*** I feel like". Responsibility has largely been replaced by an overwhelming individualistic attitude.



  • .@ROWUK said in Covid-19 Closing Down Music Venues:

    Even if we view this in respect to loving our neighbors as ourselves, we realize how selfish and unchristian this behavior is.

    And Buddhist and Hindu and Jewish?

    To be honest, there is nowhere else that I would like to be than in Germany right now (well, New Zealand is also on the same page). At least there is responsible behavior and government listening to the medical community instead of morons dictating stupidity!

    Rowuk, I think the view from afar is enlightening. Maybe it takes an experience of seeing the country from a distance, but we could, but refuse not to, learn a lot from other countries. It's only our arrogance in thinking we're the best at everything that keeps us from having less myopic outlooks.



  • @Dr-GO I read your account of dealing with Covid-19 patients with horror. Please stay safe while you do this mighty work.

    @ROWUK NZ has the advantage of being one of the most geographically isolated countries in the world. Nonetheless, along with Australia where I live, and I guess most places in the world was faced with an initial steep curve of newly discovered cases of this disease. I visit (using present tense hopefully) NZ a few times a year for work and the Kiwi population seems to have a great team spirit. Support for the incumbent government is evenly divided, but as a nation they pulled together and went hard early with social distancing rules.

    In Australia, where we are down to a few new cases a day, our federal government and state premiers (=US Governers) formed a national cabinet and decisions on shutting down were largely carried out on a consensus basis. There is a bit of politicking around reopening particularly where a couple of states closed borders, but by and large we're moving forward. I guess the takeaway from this is that litereally, "disunity is death".

    As for the music business, and arts/entertainment in general, the situation is dire. Job support schemes have not applied to people in the transient gig economy, so musicians have been left high and dry. This sector represents about 6% of our GDP, yet as in the rest of the world, has made a massive contribution to keeping the rest of the population from going stir crazy whilst shut in at home. SNAFU?



  • @ROWUK TJCombo's observations and comments are spot-on. In Australia we addressed the crisis early on and Governments, both Federal and State listened to and acted on the Medical/Scientific advice offered, from a non partisan political perspective. We are now reaping the benefits of that approach. Further, almost without exception, we have understood that the notion of "individual rights" does not out-Trump, sorry, the concept of the greater good. We have understood that individual sacrifices, while unpleasant, are a necessary, short term price to pay. The great pity is that not all leaders have acted in the same manner and that their countries are now paying the price.
    Hopefully we are now seeing the "beginning of the end".
    Regards Tom



  • Sounds good. I'm in Texas and most people are not wearing masks or keeping social distancing and I just heard on the news that it's third in the nation in rising cases. Since I'm in the most vulnerable demographic, I'm starting to get worried.



  • @Kehaulani said in Covid-19 Closing Down Music Venues:

    Sounds good. I'm in Texas and most people are not wearing masks or keeping social distancing and I just heard on the news that it's third in the nation in rising cases. Since I'm in the most vulnerable demographic, I'm starting to get worried.

    My thoughts go out to you. I am sure you will be one of the smarter ones and will wear a mask when going out and only going to stores were employees wear masks and keep your distance from less considerate individuals that will not wear their masks.


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