COVID-19 and it’s effects on Live Music

We are obviously in uncharted waters with the uncertainty of the long-term effects of the Corona Virus on the live music scene. What we do know is business closures and show cancellations or postponements are inevitable. They are, in fact, already happening. There were a few over the weekend and I expect there will be even more as the situation gets worse. I will continue to post the Weekly “HOT SPOTS” as long as there are any, however watered down they may be. Unfortunately, I found out about several cancellations last weekend after the fact so, staying on top of them may be difficult. I suggest checking the Facebook page or website of your favorite venue or band before venturing out to a show that may or may not be happening. Here’s what I know so far.

Cave Brewing Company – The open mic night (2nd & 4th Thursday of every month) is being suspended temporarily. Having performers come in and share microphones and equipment puts everyone involved at risk and they will resume once we get through this difficult period. There is a strong possibility that the taproom will be open for carry-out only forcing them to postpone live music as well. They will keep their website and social media up to date. Any cancelled shows will be rescheduled at a later date.

Godfrey Daniels – They have postponed operations for at least the next few weeks. They are working on rescheduling shows and will share the information as it becomes available. All open mic nights have been cancelled until further notice.

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery – Their tasting room will be open for carry-out only for the foreseeable future. As a result, there will be no live music until further notice. They may also be making phone-ahead pickup and delivery services available. Check their Facebook page or website for details.

Southside Arts District, Bethlehem – Spring on the Southside has officially been postponed until September. For details as well as announcements on other Southside events, please visit their Facebook page or website.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning and, in many cases, will effect the livelihood of not only the venue owners but, many musicians as well. Many of them will need your continued support to get through this period in time and, there are things you can do to help. Take a look at their social media or website. Many of them have merchandise that you can purchase on line. Buy a t-shirt or their music – or both. If they perform live on Facebook or YouTube, make a contribution through the virtual tip jar. Every little bit counts. Help keep the live music scene alive, even if you can’t see them in person.

#livemusic #localmusic #supportlocal #lehighvalleymusicscene #VoV #voicesofthevalley

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