LIST: Watch Madison musicians through online livestreaming
Madison Malone livestreaming Thursday, April 2; Gender Confetti on April 3
Madison’s many live entertainment venues cancelled events and shuttered a week before Gov. Evers ordered all nonessential businesses to close to help stem the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.
Days before Evers issued his “safer at home” order, local musicians and bands had already turned to livestreaming concerts — to provide some welcome relief to the many people who are homebound and provide a source of income for the performers.
Virtual concerts continue to be scheduled. Here are the latest. (This list will continue to be updated as we become aware of shows taking place online):
Ethereal pop singer-songwriter and Portage native Madison Malone livestreams at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, April 2, as part of the Uncancelled Music Festival. This is a pay-what-you-can concert requiring tickets you can purchase here. Malone is also releasing videos weekly and livestreaming lullabies nightly on her Facebook page and Instagram account.
Gender Confetti, a self-identified queer punk band, will livestream at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3. Comprised of Elyse Clouthier and Sylvia Johnson, the duo’s “message is radical and explicitly political.” They will likely have a lot to say about the moment we’re all in.
Despite being called livestreams, many of these concerts are recorded and available to watch at a later point. Below are shows and other music projects by Madison musicians you can enjoy at your leisure.
Erik Kjelland, frontman for The Mascot Theory, so enjoyed his first solo acoustic livestream on March 25 that he put on another on April 1 — the second edition of “Erik plays tunes in between a phonograph player and a self-made origami chicken head.” Watch his first livestreamed show here and his second here.
Yuri Myshkin, frontman for the fake Russian rock band Optometri (which disbanded in 2014), performed a live solo show on March 30. He played a new power ballad titled “From a Social Distance” — a song, Myshkin says, “destined to become the official unofficial anthem of the current pandemic, and probably all other future pandemics, if we’re being honest here.” Watch his solo show here.
Sharona Danz, former lead singer of the popular Madison cover band Charm School Rejects, on March 29 sang 45 minutes worth of pop songs while accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. Watch here.
Two of the four members of Mount Horeb cover band The Remedy, Taylor Schereck and Eric Osterholz (both of whom also play with local cover band Foo Foo Dolls), put on a two-hour acoustic show on the afternoon of March 29. The duo’s extended set can be watched here.
Madison jazz and soul singer Lo Marie livestreamed on March 28, during which she played several new songs. Watch her solo show archived on YouTube here.
Thirty-year veterans of the Madison music scene and standard bearers for gypsy jazz, Harmonious Wail livestreamed its March 27 “Quarantini Concert” from the eastside home of members Sims and Maggie Delaney-Potthoff. Watch the concert here.
Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets, a trio consisting of Jen Farley, Shawndell Marks and Beth Kille, livestreamed on March 20. The show is posted here.
VO5, Madison’s “disco ambassadors,” had to cancel a March 14 concert at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes due to the coronavirus. But that same night several members of the large party band livestreamed a house concert. Watch clips on the band’s Facebook page.
OTHER MADISON MUSIC PROJECTS
On YouTube, Madison’s Rob Franklin, aka Rob Dz, posted “Social Distance,” a hip-hop song with the repeated refrain “I just want to go outside.” He continues, “How long is this going to last? Got me going online checking face masks.” Watch it here.
Raine Stern posts Quarantunes on YouTube
To make up for lost gigs, young guitar phenom Raine Stern is recording cover song requests in exchange for donations via Venmo. Stern introduces the concept after playing her first cover, a truncated version of “Santeria” by Sublime. The second cover is a much more ambitious multi-instrumental cover of “Stigmata Diaboli,” a song by HIM, a Finnish goth metal band. Stern impressively nails the vocals despite having first heard the song only days earlier.
Lords of the Trident parody ‘I Believe I’m in Quarantine’ goes viral
Madison power metal band Lords of the Trident went, well, viral with a parody video about the effects of the coronavirus. Ty Christian, aka Fang VonWrathenstein, made the best of being home alone and unable to meet up with his fellow band members. Going stir crazy in his basement, Christian barely had to change the words of the song “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness to create the parody “I Believe I’m in Quarantine.”
The video racked up over 19,500 views within three days of being posted, and it was ranked No. 3 on a list of “a bunch of coronavirus-themed song parodies” published by The Onion.
Joel Patenaude is associate editor of Madison Magazine.
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