The artist community is one that is often used to struggling to make ends meet, many of them rely on LIVE shows at local venues to make their living. Venues have been cancelling events at a rapid rate. This shut down, quarintine, social distancing, whatever you want to call and whether or not you agree with it, has already started to affect our often already struggling artists.
We’re going to look at quotes from Homegrown artists about their struggle and how you can help support our amazing artist community during this tough time.
Louis of Lost Bayou Ramblers
-Lafayette. Lost Bayou had a tour cancelled this weekend to Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis, plus our trip to Yale on April 4 is cancelled, and a few private shows, so that’s 6 shows in the next 3 weeks. My side project Michot’s Melody Makers had 3 gigs cancel in New Orleans next weekend, and Soul Creole has so far had one cancellation. So that’s 10 gigs I’m out in the next 3 weeks, and I have a family of 5 to support. I’m in the process of setting up a Patreon through my label Nouveau Electric Records, the plan being to create content for people to enjoy while everyone’s hunkered down, and hopefully get enough support to make up for some of the lost fees.
-Lafayette. I hope people really step it up and support the ones who are full time and touring musicians. I’ll be affected myself but I’m more worried about them. It’s already a tough business to make money in and this is decimating it over night with no real end in sight. The money you would’ve spent going out use that to Buy their merch, buy (don’t stream) their music, if you see them performing live on Facebook via video and they have a link to tip please tip.
-Lafayette. This is gonna be an EXTREMELY tough time for everyone in the music and arts community. Do your best to support in whichever way you can. Whether that be purchasing music, merch, art, or investing in live streams(which I’m sure will be the move for anyone trying to enjoy a show experience from your home). Any little bit you can spare, goes a long way. Wishing everyone the best during these trying times.
Jack of The Links
-Lafayette. Follow (bands) on Instagram & Facebook and have a look at the merch.
-Lafayette. I’ve been performing internationally for the last few years, and the industry I’ve been in is particularly been crippled by the current events. I will be doing some live streams and taking requests on my socials during the next few weeks while people are at home to provide some sort of entertainment for those looking to escape the craziness right now.
-Lafayette. I’ve already lost two gigs. I’m planning to live stream shows for tips and just hope people want to watch!
Myles of The Good Dudes
-Lafayette. With schools shutting down, I know y’all are looking for babysitters. Holler if you need. I’m 5’11”, 240. Your children and toilet paper are safe in my hands.
Dege Legg of Brother Dege
-Lafayette. Being a full-time artist who makes part of their income on tour, the best way to support musicians and bands during this moratorium of sorts is to buy records, CDs, and merch, which in my case is another big part of sustaining a career in this industry.
-Baton Rouge. Be sure to listen, download, and share your favorite local artists music! Not only does it help the artist, but it also helps your soul!
Nick of Mighty Brother
-New Orleans. We’ve already had a few show cancellations and we are in a holding pattern before releasion our album and booking our release tour. We would usually be deep into tour planning for summer dates, but we are trying to be mindful as everyone in the industry and in their respective scenes scrambles to make things work RIGHT NOW. The best thing we could ask for people to do to support us and other local and independent acts is to listen to and share our music and engage with us on social media (we are planning a live stream show already). We’re very lucky to live in an era where it is possible to stay connected, so let’s all keep conversations going and see what we can make happen out of all this and after this storm has passed.
-New Orleans… we’re stuck in Spain and I’m a little incommunicado. Honestly, best thing you can do is listen to and download my music.
Hunter of The Iceman Special
-New Orleans. Rock n roll doesn’t stop. Iceman’s shows will continue. We’ve had a few bigger festivals pump the brakes but that is not stopping the rest of our shows. Now would be a good time for anyone to reach out about buying merch/ records.
Allie of Cosma Dog
-New Orleans. Right now is a hard time for a lot of people, including creatives, service industry workers, bars, venues, restaurants, tattoo artists, small business owners, and others. Let’s try and come together, lift each other up, and support each other in the coming months because recovery is a team effort. As of right now our shows have not been cancelled, but in the coming days and weeks it is likely that things will change. We want everyone to stay safe and stay healthy, we love you and we will get through this rough patch together.
As a musician who does not really perform anymore, nor seeks to, I can relate to those who have an undeniable need to play live as much as a need to breathe. However we get through all of this, and normalcy returns, platforms like the Homegrown show you produce are invaluable. While our social lives may slow down, depending on how things progress, people will ultimately connect through other mediums and exchanges. Radio is still one of my favorites!!
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-Morgan@106Three Radio Lafayette