As Seattle hunkers down for a period of self-quarantine during the coronavirus crisis, "virtual concerts" are beginning to trend, allowing music fans to enjoy live performances from the comfort of home.
Local arts organization Artist Home has launched a new concert series today called Songs of Hope and Healing. From 10 AM to 10 PM PT, they're posting self-recorded performance videos on their social media channels from local artists who've been financially impacted by COVID-19. As they explain on their Facebook page, "The reason we asked for pre-recorded material and not 'live stream' is that not all artists have the capacity to do live streaming due to the circumstances we are all facing. Some of the videos you'll see today are from bands stuck on the road in middle of canceled tours. We wanted to make it as easy and accessible as possible."
Each post will include links for ways you can directly support the artist, either by "tipping" through Venmo or PayPal, or by purchasing merchandise, or even contributing to another "artist/industry member/fundraiser they would like to donate their performance earnings to."
For the next few weeks, Ben Gibbard will be playing songs everyday from his home studio, streaming on Facebook at 4 PM PST.
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