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It was supposed to be their biggest year yet. Roots rockers the Gasoline Gypsies are a favorite around these parts. Comprised largely of native sons of the Blue Water region, the band has become a staple of the local live scene. They regularly headline premier events like the annual Blue Water Fest and are a top draw at a of other music festivals throughout the state. Clair County; the band is quickly becoming a favorite of music fans in other states, too. The Gasoline Gypsies have been receiving regular radio play in places like North Carolina, where they were looking forward to returning for another run of sold out shows.
The band was scheduled to play at high-profile music festivals in Tennessee and Oklahoma later this summer. After more than a decade of hard work as a band, things were really starting to pay off. Gigs canceled. Summer festivals scrapped, postponed, or left in limbo. It has put a huge damper on things," says Caleb Malooley, primary lyricist, singer, and guitarist for the band.
It was just a couple of months ago that he decided to quit his day job and earn his living as a full-time musician. He tours with the Gypsies, plays solo shows on his own, and writes and performs radio jingles for local stations. A recent accident forced him to stay home and cancel several gigs right before the statewide shutdowns.
And now this. It would be easy for Malooley and countless other musicians to sit and stew over lost gigs and adventures denied. But technology has allowed for musicians and artists of all kinds to communicate directly with their fans. Already an emerging trend before the coronavirus-related shutdowns, livestreaming concerts and other events has quickly become a means for both creative expression and generating income.
His next concert is scheduled online for Saturday, April It seems counterintuitive, but like Malooley, Ruck believes that the forced shutdowns of public gatherings could be a blessing in disguise for musicians. And with everyone forced to stay home, at least you have a captive audience. He plans on opening the five-bedroom home to artists visiting from out of town, offering beds, hot meals, and laundry. The event will be livestreamed for the whole world to see. You have to look at your generation and Port Huron the people concert time and ask, where is the media now?
I mean, when radio came out, musicians were furious. Artists of all stripes, from poets to those in the visual arts, have found ways to use livestreaming to connect with their audience. Natalie May performs burlesque as Magenta DeMure. Natalie May lives in the country, a little outside of town. Performing burlesque under the stage name Magenta DeMure, May has been finding new ways to bring the art of story and dance to the public. A wide swath of acts have been invited to apply, including burlesque dancers, poets, and musicians.
May has also been streaming solo shows from the Burlesque Bunker, which is hosted on YouTube. There she performs as her original characters through solo sketch comedy and around-the-house burlesque. There can be an intimacy to watching your favorite artists, local or not, perform from their kitchens and living rooms, bringing people together as much as the medium allows.
We want everyone to get together still. Contact Subscribe. Forced to stay in, Port Huron area artists and musicians find the future in livestreaming concerts MJ Galbraith Thursday, April 9, Courtesy Gasoline Gypsies. Port Huron. Recommended Content. Newsletter up. Across Our Network. Source: Southwest Michigan's Second Wave. Source: Input Fort Wayne.
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