Dear beloved community,
I’m getting tired of emails beginning with “I hope this finds you well,” so instead I hope this finds you as you are, learning to love the place you are in and heal from the loss you’re feeling. I also hope you are continuing to find ways of being useful during this time of change. Like you, much of my life has been adapted to online experiences since Massachusetts’s social distancing practices began. During this time I’ve been chatting with other creatives and promoters across the country and doing a lot of thinking about the cracks that were already in the foundation of the wider touring industry at large long before this pandemic came to our world. We relied on cheap fossil fuel to drive long distances, fly, and sail to our audience. As music festivals got larger and larger, they often undercut the local musicians that made the region a “scene” in the first place (like Katy Perry headlining New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival in 2019). In many fields, I believe our solutions are going to be local ones for the considerable future so I’m excited to unveil “POP-UP PANDEMIC PARTIES.” A Pop-Up Pandemic Party is a personal micro-concert experience. These would be 30-minute outdoor pop-up performances where I’d bring a small PA system to set up & play while maintaining social distancing practices and keeping equipment sanitized.
How Does It Work?
We’d need a private outdoor space for your family or group to watch from and a space for me to set up such as a driveway, front yard, or backyard. If anyone other than the people you cohabitate with are going to be there, I’d like to know about it. If other people want to watch from their own yards with people they live with, that is more than welcomed and a wonderful way of bringing community together.
I will not setup on porches or decks and will not go into homes under any circumstances.
I will be 15-20 ft away from any guests while singing.
We’d keep these pop-up performance to no more than 10 guests total in one space.
I would ask for your respect by keep your distance during setup and tear down and maintaining social distancing practices during the event. I love talking and hugging you after shows but given the circumstances we can’t do that here. I envision this as a great way of celebrating a loved one, a birthday, a special occasion or sharing the uplifting energy of music with your neighbors & community.
Safety is paramount and I will absolutely not proceed with a show if all of these conditions cannot be met. As of now these pop-up events will only be available within a 50 mile radius of Northampton, MA. For those in other parts of the country I’m still doing my weekly “Pandemic Party” webstream if you would like to stay connected to live music on my Patreon page.
If interested in a pop up event please visit this link: https://forms.gle/K7s7y2TLXvmZg8t28