Quarantine Streams: Live Music For Hard Times

Texas musicians Rhiannon Giddens and Charley Crockett have livestreaming concerts this weekend.

Radio story produced by Kristen Cabrera.

By Amy MillerJune 12, 2020 12:29 pm, , , ,

The opportunity to see your favorite musicians on tour will have to wait a bit longer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t meant the music has stopped – not even close. Tours and festivals have been cancelled or rescheduled, so musicians eager for live performance are bringing new meaning to the term “house show.”

Amy Miller, program director for KXT in North Texas, says livestreaming gives Texas musicians the opportunity to perform for audiences all over the world right from their home.

Here’s some livestreaming events happening this weekend:

“Bang On A Can” Livestream: Rhiannon Giddens

When: Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m. CST

Where: BangOnACan.org

The New York-based music organization, Bang On A Can, is bringing its 6-hour music marathon to your living room. The livestream will begin with a performance by Rhiannon Giddens, a Grammy-winning American roots musician, activist and historian.

“Giddens is known for her solo work as well as her band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops,” Miller says. “And her project, Songs Of Our Native Daughters, which released an album last year, centered around America’s history with slavery, racism and sexism.”

Sofar Sounds: Charley Crockett

When: Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m. CST

Where: SofarSounds.com

“Texas native Charley Crockett writes heartfelt country songs with old-school blues undertones,” Miller says. “He’s been making a name for himself these past few years by touring year round, and consistently putting out new music.”

Crockett will release his eighth album in five years, “Welcome To Hard Times,” on July 31.

“Don’t be surprised if Crockett plays some of his new material during his livestream,” Miller says.

Listen to the audio in the player above to hear these songs:

“Hit ‘Em Up Style” by Carolina Chocolate Drops

“They Valley” by Charley Crockett

“Welcome To Hard Times” by Charley Crockett

“Slave Driver” by Rhiannon Giddens and Our Native Daughters

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