With all the closures and cancellations, it’s easy to think that the virus has ruined things like the arts. However, there are plenty of artists and musicians who are thriving even during the pandemic.
Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival is an example of a group that is pushing through the cancellations and finding ways for people to enjoy music during the pandemic.
“Bluegrass Pride is now an internationally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to letting the world know that bluegrass and old-time music are for everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, orientation, nationality, upbringing or politics,” according to the Porch Pride press release.
The goal of Porch Pride is to showcase LGBTQ+ musicians and generate donations. They also aim to support and advance these musicians so that they are accepted in the industry. With donations, they are hoping to be able to pay each of the artists $200. In previous years, they put on marches. This year, they are hosting a digital festival. It will feature 10 hours of live music over Pride weekend, which is June 27-28.
The lineup for the festival, including musicians and times are listed on bluegrasspride.net along with a link to donate to the organization. More details about the streaming of the festival will be on the website soon.
“What the world needs now is a weekend of great music and even better community,” according to the Porch Pride press release email. “We didn’t want anyone to miss out on that experience because of their own financial circumstances, so we’re making the whole weekend festival completely free to attend.”
A band that has also been promoting online ways to enjoy music is The Q-Tip Bandits. They are an Indie-Rock/Pop band from Massachusetts.
“We have definitely been affected by coronavirus. We’ve had to cancel a gig with a nationally touring act around the time of our release and really shifted gears toward promoting the EP online and through social media,” Leo Son the co-front person for the band said in an email. “Along with that, we have had to drop a few more gigs in the last months and turn our attention to live streams through Facebook or Instagram.”
Their debut single “Willow” has had over 350k and is on multiple Spotify. They also have a newly released EP called “Ain’t it Great.” If you like the sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers then you may want to check them out.
There are so many ways to still appreciate art and music during the pandemic. Look out for digital events or opportunities to enjoy the arts during COVID-19.