The pandemic has already turned out to be an enormous hardship for performing artists. We have also canceled all of our concerts through the spring. Physical isolation is the right thing to do, but we all have a need for community, and musicians need work.
Our response is to take Streamside Concerts online. We will be coordinating with other local hosts in this endeavor as well. You will be able to watch a show online from the comfort and safety of home, be able to interact (via chat) with other viewers, and contribute your donation to the artists via PayPal, Venmo (or other pay platform) as you would if you were attending a physical show. I hope this will give us a sense of connection as well as have a way to help sustain musicians through this crisis.
We’re in the process of arranging concerts right now. So far, we have Asheville guitarist Shane Parish on March 21, Jazz guitarist Sean McGowan on April 10, Guitarist Fabio Mittino (who is quarantined in Milan, date TBD), and the wonderful Trio Sefardi from Washington DC (soon, but date TBD). We will be announcing more soon.
So what you will do is check the list and RSVP for a show at STREAMSIDEMUSIC.COM , and you will receive an email with a link to the concert. Tune in at the right time, and enjoy the show. You will then have an opportunity to contribute your donation online directly to the artist.
Let’s keep the music alive during the pandemic.
Rod Abernethy is the 2019 Grand Prize Winner of American Songwriter’s Bob Dylan Song Contest. His double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” reached No.9 in June 2018 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ Chart. He has also been a featured showcase artist at many Folk Alliance International Conferences around the country. He’s a unique blend of authentic southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award-winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games.
Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His first recording River Coffee won the Best Independent Release of the Year Award (2002) from Acoustic Guitar magazine and music from the recording has been published in Japan’s Acoustic Guitar magazine and Mel Bay’s Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 3 (2005). His subsequent recordings Indigo (2008) and Sphere: the Music ofThelonious Monk (2011) offer compelling portraits of classic jazz standards performed on solo electric archtop guitar. Sphere was named one of Acoustic Guitar magazine’s “Essential Albums of 2011”, and Sean was recently featured on the cover of Fingerstyle 360 magazine (Summer 2012). His most recent solo guitar recordings include Thanksgiving & Christmas Tidings (2014) a collection of seasonal hymns and carols arranged for acoustic guitar, and My Fair Lady (2015) a collection of songs from Lerner & Loewe’s masterpiece.
Michael Jefry Stevens is back with Zack Page on bass and Rick Dilling on drums for a great Sunday afternoon. This concert will feature a live album recording.
Melanie burst into stardom at Woodstock and followed with so many hits. She’s hit a resurgence with the 50th anniversary of that time at Yasgur’s farm, and we’re lucky to have her join us for an intimate evening with a few lucky folks in our home. We’ve got about 20 seats left for a Saturday evening and a Sunday afternoon show.
Phil Keaggy, one of the world’s top fingerstyle guitarists, will be at Streamside on October 4. Save the date! I’ve been listening to Phil for over 40 years. What a treat! #StreamsideConcerts Streamsidemusic.com
Up next to get us going for summer we have composer-pianist Rob Schwimmer. At his concert at Streamside Rob’s concert may contain his stunning originals, the Great American Songbook, jazz, Americana, and even Bernard Herrmann’s stunning Scene d’Amour from Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Classical, the avant-garde and the unclassifiable (with palate cleansing miniatures as a small bite of sonic ginger) may also be represented filtered through Schwimmer’s deeply personal, unique, and (sometimes) virtuosic vision of the sound world. The New York Times praises Rob for his “Virtuosity, magic, and humor” while Gramophone called his music, “…ravishing and dazzling.” He has worked with Simon and Garfunkel,Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Gotye, Stevie Wonder, The Boston Pops, Trey Anastasio, Laurie Anderson, T-Bone Walker, The Klezmatics, The Roches, The Everly Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others.
And get ready for fall for three amazing shows with:
PHIL KEAGGY – Early Oct (TBD) – Guitarist, singer, songwriter. Dove award winner and one of the top fingerstyle guitarists
Al PETTEWAY and AMY WHITE – Oct 26-27 – an annual Streamside favorite. Grammy and Indie award winners known for their music featured on Ken Burns documentaries.
MELANIE – Nov 17 – Woodstock veteran and writer of many hits that are part of the songbook of the 60’s and 70’s.