The Jason Evans Band hopped on the livestream circuit with a tight performance on Saturday. The show was broadcast live to Facebook from Whiskey Jax at Jacksonville Beach (Florida). Fans tuned in, and for a donation, you could hear a favorite. The production was very slick, with an emcee and the feel of a public education fundraiser. I personally loved it.
If you do music fulltime and don’t have a day job, consider yourself one of the hardest hit by the Coronavirus shutdowns. Most fulltime musicians had to scramble to come up with a way to stay in business. I’d wager Facebook is probably the greatest ally you have right now, because the Live feature is easy to use. I can’t say enough good words about the fans supporting these working bands.
Although the broadcast had a slick feel, there was also an intimacy between the band and the fans because of the comments feature. As people come on and comment, the performers can respond.
It appeared to be a very successful broadcast, and I suspect hosting it at a venue like Whiskey Jax dispels any concerns over copyrights of cover songs, with a few exceptions for legal-trigger-happy musicians who maintain tight control over their work.
Hat tip to Jason Evans Band for a great show, and a hat tip to Whiskey Jax at the Beach for partnering with musicians who just hope to keep the music going as the United States battles a virus proving an enigma to researchers and physicians as well as the general public.
A final note. Lots of organizations are raising money for bands. I appreciate their efforts, but the best thing you can do for your favorite band is put the money directly into their hands by donating directly. That way, the funds don’t go through a filter that may involve politics and disenfranchise some bands.
(Kay B. Day/April 13, 2020)
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