Social distancing may have stopped us from congregating at live shows, but it hasn't stopped the music! In the age of coronavirus quarantine, plenty of folks are using Facebook Live to deliver music and more to your computer screens.
We're keeping a running list of the local shows we hear about below. Check back for more shows -- and add your own by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder -- many of these musicians and artists rely on your support to make it through this period of canceled shows and closed venues. Look for GoFundMe, Patreon, and other links to fund their live shows, or consider buying music from BandCamp or iTunes, if you like what you hear.
Virtual Craft Hour -- not a streaming show, but it is a cool way to connect. Every day from 2-3 p.m., you’re invited to spend an hour crafting based on a suggested theme or prompt (given out at noon), then share your work with @neongreenstudio using the hashtag #virtualcrafthour. They’ll also do occasional FB Lives, so look out for those.
When: 2-3 p.m. every day (starting Wednesday, March 18)
Sing-Alongs with Chrissy's Studio -- Mornings and after naptime.
When: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26; 9:30-10 a.m. Thursday-Friday, March 26-27
Virtual Happy Hour featuring Bob Schlief -- Performance by a local musician, streamed live. You're encouraged to donate to Channel One (as a sort of ticket price) and grab takeout or delivery from a local restaurant to make it a true happy hour.
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26
Virtual Happy Hour featuring Jeremy Jewell -- Performance by a local musician, streamed live. You're encouraged to donate to Channel One (as a sort of ticket price) and grab takeout or delivery from a local restaurant to make it a true happy hour.
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27
Ukulele and a Simple Song -- Facebook Live with Chrissy's Studio. "We’ll talk about the uke, the musical alphabet and strings names, and teach you a simple song!"
When: 11-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28
Virtual Happy Hour featuring Bruce Burniece -- Performance by a local musician, streamed live. You're encouraged to donate to Channel One (as a sort of ticket price) and grab takeout or delivery from a local restaurant to make it a true happy hour.
When: 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28
Thistle Be Live (on the internet) -- Audrey Robinson performs live at Little Thistle to benefit the Rochester Thaw's fundraiser.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29
Open Mic at Rochester Art Center (April Session Online) -- It's the open mic you know and love, but online!
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2
Saturday Night In-House Party -- You probably don't have to be up early the next day, so why not? SE MN DJs play songs on request, every Saturday night.
When: 9 p.m. every Saturday, March 28-May 31 (projected)
And keep an eye on...
The Rochester Public Library, which is streaming story hours in the mornings.
Keep an eye on the Rochester Downtown Alliance page -- they have more virtual happy hours planned for March 21 and 26-28 (stay tuned for info on the entertainment)!
Pure Rock Studios of Rochester, which is offering online lessons and rental instruments! They hope to showcase some virtual concerts soon as well.
Aventi Streams plans to hold live DJ shows in the evenings.
Viral Variety Television, based in Minneapolis, posts live broadcasts of LGBTQ+ entertainment.
The Television Underground, created by the Rochester Posse, isn't exactly a livestream -- it's a bite-sized episode featuring members of the local arts promotion group, plus community works (contact them here to submit your own videos).
Stream yoga classes with Rochester instructor Vannavanessa. If you like the class, you can Venmo donations to Lavender-Peonies.