Live Music Fans,
Welcome to the new world of live music in the shop. It is another week of having to cancel more excellent live acts, much to my dismay. And I just can’t wait to hear great live music again in the little old room. Which brings me to our idea for the next chapter in our 27 year history of making live music happen in Carbondale. Sadly, without the amazing, packed, enthusiastic audiences of past shows. But, better than having zero live music, for sure.
The new idea is to bring in some of our very talented local musicians and then Live Stream their performances. We have already had acts that are volunteering to make the live music happen with no pay. So far, we have heard from Valle Musico, Let Them Roar, Wes and Jay Engstrom, William Steindler and more. The things we will do for keeping live music in our lives, right? I’m convinced that having live music alive in our lives is important and the Taliban had it all wrong. Right?
After over 1000 consecutive weeks, we have become used to making and hearing live music in the historic Dinkel Building in the heart of old-town Carbondale. Last night, I kept the Friday Night Streak alive at 977 straight Fridays. It feels very strange still to not have any plans for the return of touring and local players. So meanwhile, our goal is to make Streamin’ Steve’s a reality. Thanks to GrassRootsTV, 1st Bank, Steve’s Guitars and other local sponsors, we have raised enough money to buy HD cameras and equipment to start the streaming.
We are still several thousand dollars short of our total goal to make the streaming happen in full force for 2020 and we welcome any support you can give. But, during this crisis with the virus isolating all of us and preventing any public shows, we feel it’s very important to continue making live music in the room and providing a way for everyone to watch at home for free. This is an unprecedented situation that calls for creative solutions to keep bringing the music to you.
In the last week, we have ordered enough HD cameras and equipment to make high quality live streaming of our shows happen soon. Many thanks to John and Jeremy at GrassRootsTV, our sound engineer Ralph Pitt, our long time camera friend Brad Manosevetz and all the friends and sponsors who believe in this project. Which may be even more important to our future survival in this most challenging moment of our long musical history. Believe me when I say it has not been easy over the last 27 years to keep the shop alive and we have had at least two “Going Out of Business” sales to prove that point. These past “crisis of faith” moments have just confimed to me how important it is to continue making live music happen every week and to provide a community clubhouse for all of us to enjoy it. There is no place like Steve’s Guitars to enjoy live music around these parts, don’t you think? Don’t you already miss it like me? I really hope so.
Live streaming of shows is happening all over the country in many different ways. Natalia Zukerman’s idea is to create a “Shut In and Sing Out” cyber event. Lipbone Redding is creating his own streaming of his shows as well. There is a growing list of musicians and venues that are providing live music through the internet. Over the past several years, we have been working with GrassRootsTV to record, archive and broadcast our past shows. Right this minute, you can go to YouTube.com and check out Season 1; Live on Location at Steve’s Guitars by typing in “Steve’s Guitars Presents.” And, typing in just “Steve’s Guitars” will get you a bunch of other recorded shows in our little, historic room of musical magic. Looking forward to hearing the live music again soon and streaming it to you in the safety of your warm and cozy homes.
Wish us luck! And, support the effort in any way you can. Which includes watching the free streaming of our new shows and letting us know if you like it. It feels great to be in the home stretch of our goal of making “Streamin’ Steve’s” a real thing. For years, it has been a dream of mine to share the fantastic live music with many more fans than can fit in the room. And, to prove that point, we have had over 100,000 views of our shows on YouTube; the Mandolin Orange show alone has nearly 70,000 views of a show that had less than 40 fans in the room for the live show. The lucky few as there still is nothing like the real show. Can’t wait to get back to those nights but that is out of my control right now. So, we will concentrate making the streaming happen as soon as possible until we can return to “normal”. Hang on for the ride!
And, see you at the shows! If only on the internet. Keep safe!
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon
PS: Listed below are three ways that folks in the music biz are making the music happen in this new world. Like us, we want to keep the music alive. Help out when you can. And remember to keep the music going in your lives until we can share it in our amazing little room again.
SHUT IN & SING!
What if we get to be together even more in these times? Not in person. That is true. But in innovation, creation and connection?
Ours is a small and grassroots community. We take care of each other in the good times and in the challenging times. The online concert world is about to explode with innovation…and with traffic. It already has. What was once a side bonus of some of our “off” days is now the only option available.
We would like to offer you an online festival that is about sharing our resources, sharing our fanbases, discovering new and amazing artists and staying connected to one another.
Shut In And Sing is a roster of some of your favorite artists…and some people you’ve never heard of. Here is your chance to discover new music, to feel connected to one another and to us. What do we get? The possibility of even 5 news fans. Geez, even ONE new person makes a difference in our world. Oh wait. ONE PERSON MAKES A DIFFERENCE?
And we’ve reached the point of everything!
So join us. This is your roster of badass, road-weary, hard-working musicians who’ve been reinventing the wheel every night for decades. Tune in and support us. There is connection to be made in this isolation.
Here’s how it works:
You’ll tune in to Stageit.com 8-10pm EDT on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week and 12-3pm EDT on Sunday. The artists playing on the first 5 shows are listed there already. The second and third waves of shows are still being filled in and trust me, you don’t want to miss any of it! You pay what you can and at the end of the whole thing, we SPLIT the money. Anything you tip to individual artists goes directly to them to keep or donate as they wish but the whole kitty goes to all of us. Is that fair? Is that socialist folk music? Why yes. Yes it is. Some of us have more than others. All of us know it’s time to collaborate and not compete. We will all still play our own individual online shows. This isn’t that. This is bigger than that.
We may be shut in, but we’re still gonna sing.
SHUT IN & SING
March 19, 20, 21 at 8 pm EDT (I am playing the very first set at 8pm EDT on Thursday March 19th!)
March 22 at 12 pm EDT
March 26, 27, 28 at 8 pm EDT
March 29 at 12 pm EDT
April 2, 3, 4 at 8 pm EDT
April 5 at 12 pm EDT
Amanda Walther � Amy Ray � Amy Speace � Amythyst Kiah � Anne Heaton � Anthony D�Amato � Antje Duvekot � the Ballroom Thieves � Becky Warren � Ben Arthur � Betsy Phillips � Caleb Caudle � Chance McCoy � Chastity Brown � Chely Wright � Dan Navarro � Della Mae � Dylan LeBlanc � Edie Carey � Eliot Bronson � Emily Saliers � Emily Scott Robinson � Erin McKeown � Garrison Starr � Grant-Lee Phillips � Jay Nash � Jill Sobule � Kim Richey � Kirby Brown � Kris Delmhorst � Lisa Ferraro � Lori McKenna � Mark Erelli � Mary Bragg � Matt the Electrician � Meg Toohey � Michaela Anne � Natalie Schlabs � Natalia Zukerman �Nickel&Rose � Nikki Morgan � Oliver the Crow � Rachael Sage � Rachel Baiman � Rissi Palmer � Robby Hecht � Sera Cahoone � Ty Greenstein � Wild Ponies � Wilson Marks and more TBA!
Here is what Lipbone Redding has planned for the near future.
Im safely back in the US and sheltering in place in an undisclosed location in Florida.
Join my upcoming Livestreams on Facebook Both are free but donations are greatly appreciated 🙏 ❤️
Stay safe, stay healthy … and namaste 6 feet away!
SATURDAY NIGHTS @ 6pm Eastern it’s the Lipbone Show —
New songs, crowd favorites & digging deep into the archives
of rarities & unreleased tracks.
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS @ 4pm Eastern —
Breathe In: Music, Meditation and Nature.
Calm your mind, ease anxiety and unplug from the chaos — Lipbone will lead you in some breathing exercises, meditation and beautiful music out in a nature setting.
NOW BOOKING PRIVATE VIRTUAL CONCERTS!!
Spend some intimate screen time with Lipbone and your
personal group of friends/family.
A great way to get together while we
all do our part at staying apart!
And some good news from the Baker Booking folks.
“One of the wonderful aspects of attending the International and Regional Folk Alliance gatherings is discovering new talent as well as reconnecting with old friends.
We are encouraging the artists on the Baker Booking Roster to now, more than ever stay connected with their fan base. While we are maintaining social distancing there is still the desire to connect.
Periodically, we will be sending you updates on where you can “see” artists on the Baker Booking Roster. We agree that this might not be the best way to see a performer, and some of the performances may be a little more casual than they would be at your venue, but we are marketing these performances as an opportunity to see an artist that you might be on the fence about or unfamiliar with.
We think that it helps to see how the fans connect with the artist during these times and what the artists are bringing to their base. We believe that this will translate to stronger ticket sales at your venues when this epidemic is behind us.
Louise Baker, Owner
Bruce Swan, Partner
Asheville, NC Fairfield, CT
Kipyn will host her 2nd Quarantine Concert from her home!
David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach
David on Tour in Europe April 2020-cancelled
All April shows cancelled- AR, TN, MD, PA, NJ
Tour in Germany April- cancelled
The Black Feathers
March- April shows cancelled
April and early May shows cancelled
April shows cancelled
Summer Festivals 2020- Updates
5/22,23 Juan de Fuca Festival – Port Angeles,WA- postponed to 2021
6/18-20 WC Handy Brews and Blues Festival-Henderson, KY
6/7 Frederick Festival for the Arts, Frederick, MD
6/26-28 Kate Wolf Festival- Laytonville, CA-postponed to 2021
7/26-31 Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week Camp – Swannanoa, NC
8/14,15 Bear Creek Festival -Edmonton AL,CA
9/18-21- Millpond Festival, CA
Let us know if you are in a location that compliments these dates and we will be happy to confirm a show at your venue or festival.
Baker Booking is a Boutique Agency Proudly Representing Extraordinary Artists Professionally-
David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach
The Black Feathers