Has COVID-19 Killed Live Music This Summer?

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Has COVID-19 Killed Live Music This Summer?

June 02
16:20 2020
Has COVID-19 Killed Live Music This Summer?
Bailey Brothers Music Company Creates a Solution for Local Musicians in Birmingham, AL

June 2, 2020 – The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways. And it continues to do so months after it began as many of us are still dealing with the effects of the virus that has uprooted and transformed life as we once knew it, leaving in its dust a trail of uncertainty.

No one has been spared of the life-altering effects of COVID-19, and certainly not those in the music industry. Live music, one of our most cherished forms of entertainment, was forced to stop abruptly.

Although canceling live music is a small price to pay to protect our health and the health of others, the truth is, it’s one of the few art forms that’s universally enjoyed by people from all walks of life. It’s a form of entertainment that allows people to feel good, express themselves, and forget about their troubles for a time.

Thankfully, although there’s a fog of uncertainty lingering in the air as the days and weeks pass, the creativity and passion of the music community have prevailed, despite it all. As the saying goes, “the show must go on.” And that it has.

Popular artists all across the country, from all genres, have stepped up, pivoting from their traditional live concert performances to streaming virtual concerts online as reported by the Trussville Tribune.

Artists like Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, and Dolly Parton have shown us that the music won’t stop, nor will the need for connection, community, giving back, and rallying behind a meaningful cause. Special concerts for charities, fundraisers, and simply for entertainment have become the new normal during this uncertain time. 

But this virus has affected more than just the big-name acts; local musicians are feeling the strain as well, perhaps even more so.

With most of their local venues closed to the public right now and limited resources for online streaming, local artists are struggling to reach their audience and share their passion with their fans.

The team at Bailey Brothers Music Company in Birmingham took notice and decided to take matters into their own hands, cultivating a unique approach to solving the local music problem.

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Beginning in late April, Bailey’s Brothers began offering its store, stage, and A/V resources to host free live streaming performances for local musicians.  The live concert series has been hosted exclusively on their Facebook page and has already generated almost 10,000 views for local artists who have struggled to connect to their audiences.

The concert series began as an idea from Bailey Brothers store manager, Ben Scott, who wanted to create a way for local artists to reconnect with the community.

Ben elaborated, “We wanted to do something to help out local musicians.  With all the uncertainty in the world right now it’s been really hard for us to decide what we should be doing as a local business.  This is something that we had the technology and capacity to do in support of the local music community, so we’re doing it.  We feel strongly that there is an abundance of talent in this town and these musicians needed a way to connect with their fans the same way that national acts have begun doing.  Now that we have the live stream up and running, we’re booking up faster than I ever imagined.”

What began as a simple idea to support local artists has quickly scaled to attract engagement from musicians and fans across the Southeast. Ben says that Baileys has no plans on stopping the series as social distancing restrictions begin to lift. 

Ben continued, “We’ve had a lot of fun doing this.  It’s been great to reconnect with our customers and friends.  We’re planning to continue the concert series for as long as we can.  As long as bands and artists want to come in and play, and as long as people at home are tuning in, we’re going to keep streaming.”

With so much uncertainty and concern looming ahead for 2020, it’s refreshing to see that the local musicians who inspire and entertain us continue to have an opportunity to shine light into our lives with their music. Even if the delivery looks different.

Although times are uncertain, strained, and downright strange, local music will prevail thanks in part to businesses like Bailey Brothers Music Company who have turned a tough situation into one filled with light, hope, and the spread of great music.

If you’re interested in getting in on the live music action, The Bailey Brothers roster lineup includes:

May 14: Terry Adams

May 16: The Southern Boys Band

May 19: Willie Traywick

May 20: Sylvia Rose Novak

May 21: Joe Carnaggio ft. Byron Thomas/Keys, Chris Wendle/Bass, Timothy Huffman/Drums

May 23: Margaux and the Cat’s Meow

May 27: Jeremy Noble/ Jackson Capps

May 28: Spandex Ballet

May 30: Them Dirty roses

You can tune in to any of their live events by visiting their Facebook page. You can also stop by their store located at 4673 Highway 280 East STE 7, Birmingham, AL 35242 or reach them by phone at (205) 271-7827.

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Company Name: Bailey Brothers Music
Contact Person: Paul Bailey
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Phone: (205) 271-7827
Address:4673 Highway 280 East STE 7
City: Birmingham
State: AL
Country: United States
Website: baileybrothers.com/

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