Hartford Courant: A Connecticut rock band named Goose may have figured out how to ‘tour’ — and make money — during the coronavirus pandemic

Hartford Courant: A Connecticut rock band named Goose may have figured out how to ‘tour’ — and make money — during the coronavirus pandemic. “Over consecutive weekends in June, Goose livestreamed eight sets of music from a borrowed barn in Fairfield County. Calling it Bingo Tour, the band assembled each set of music in real time, by pulling balls labeled with song titles or specific instructions (’20-plus-minute jam,’ ‘no drums’) out of a bingo roller.”

KARE11: Walker launches free online catalog to highlight influential Black jazz artists

KARE11: Walker launches free online catalog to highlight influential Black jazz artists. “If you can’t see performances in person right now, you can see rare historic ones online, for free, while learning about important Black jazz artists in the Upper Midwest. The Walker Art Center’s performing arts program launched Living Collections Catalogue—Creative Black Music at the Walker: Selections from the Archives.”

AceShowbiz: Idris Elba Debuts Charity Single To Fund Black Cultural Archives

AceShowbiz: Idris Elba Debuts Charity Single To Fund Black Cultural Archives . “Idris Elba has released a single to raise funds for Britain’s Black Cultural Archives (BCA) institution. The actor and DJ has teamed up with south London rapper Tiggs Da Author and electro-pop producers The Knocks for the track, ‘One Fine Day’.”

Musically: YouTube lands exclusive on archive Elton John concerts

Musically: YouTube lands exclusive on archive Elton John concerts. “The series premieres on Friday (3 July) with the stated aim of raising $500k in donations for the Elton John AIDS Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Each week, a new archive concert will be made available in its entirety, starting with gigs from 1976, 1986, 1989, 1995, 2000 and 2001.”

Vanilla Ice Cancels 4th of July Concert: ‘I Didn’t Know the Numbers Were So Crazy!’ (Consequence of Sound)

Annnnnd from Consequence of Sound: Vanilla Ice Cancels 4th of July Concert: ‘I Didn’t Know the Numbers Were So Crazy!’. “‘I listened to my fans, I hear all you people out here. I didn’t know the numbers were so crazy,’ he said in an Instagram video. ‘We just want to stay safe, we do take it seriously, and we want to make sure everyone stays safe. We wanted to have a good time on Fourth of July, but it turned into a big vocal point on me, and it’s not about that.'”

New York Times: That Healing Jazz Thing on a Porch in Brooklyn

New York Times: That Healing Jazz Thing on a Porch in Brooklyn. “Albert Marquès, a Barcelona-born Latin jazz musician and public-school teacher, began piping away on his melodica as his children, ages 3 and 6, danced and twirled on the sidewalk. The Haitian jazz guitarist Eddy Bourjolly came in from Canarsie, while Eric Alabaster, a retired teacher and drummer, and Mo Saleem, a Pakistani musician marooned by the virus, kept rhythm on drums and the dholak, a two-headed hand drum. In rain and chill and welcome shafts of sunlight, the audience grew, young and not so young, African-Americans and whites and Pakistanis and Mexicans, masked and occupying spaces between cars and trucks and on lawns and in driveways. It was like this the world round, Italians and Argentines, French and Greeks and New Yorkers, singing and playing in rebellion against the darkness.”

Vanilla Ice throwing Fourth of July concert: ‘We didn’t have coronavirus’ in the ’90s (Entertainment Weekly)

Entertainment Weekly: Vanilla Ice throwing Fourth of July concert: ‘We didn’t have coronavirus’ in the ’90s. “The concert is titled the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party and it’s happening due to a legal loophole, the Austin Chronicle pointed out. The venue — Emerald Point Bar & Grill, located on the shores of Lake Travis — is technically a restaurant, even though it also has a large capacity outdoor general admission concert space. So fans don’t have to collaborate with or listen to current recommended coronavirus guidelines that seek to eliminate large crowds.”

Here is the future of music: monetized livestreams (Bandwagon)

Bandwagon: Here is the future of music: monetized livestreams. “Since the start of quarantine, there has been an influx of livestream content, with many artists flocking to platforms like Twitch, YouTube and Instagram to perform and connect with their fans. On Twitch alone, there was a 524% rise in viewership hours during March, on the platform’s music and performing arts category. Instagram Live also saw a 70% surge in usage that same month. Despite the increased interaction between musicians and their audiences, most of these online concerts come free of charge, thus, threatening how the music industry makes money.”

A tribute to a Tryon legend: the Nina Simone Archive (Blue Ridge Now)

Blue Ridge Now: A tribute to a Tryon legend: the Nina Simone Archive. “The Nina Simone Project announced Friday a $2 million capital fund campaign to underwrite the construction of the Nina Simone Archive. Planned since 2006, the archive will be built at 65 S. Trade St., Tryon, directly across from Nina Simone Plaza, which features the 2010 bronze statue of Simone by internationally acclaimed sculptor Zenos Frudakis. The new building will house thousands of primary and secondary documents on the life and legacy of the renowned ‘high priestess of soul’ in downtown Tryon, not far from her childhood home – including rare recordings, scores, set lists, manuscripts, contracts, personal diaries, letters and more.”

Vinyl Factory: Discover over 2000 Black artists and labels on Bandcamp on this new website

Vinyl Factory: Discover over 2000 Black artists and labels on Bandcamp on this new website. “Alongside name, location and genre filters, Blackbandcamp allows users to use a ‘random shuffle’ feature to discover new artists and music. Spanning over 2,000 Black artists and Black labels on Bandcamp at the time of writing, the website will be continually updated.”

Engadget: Facebook suspended hundreds of anti-racist skinheads and musicians

Engadget: Facebook suspended hundreds of anti-racist skinheads and musicians. “Facebook’s determination to crack down on hate speech swept up some innocent people. OneZero has learned that Facebook temporarily suspended ‘hundreds’ of anti-racist activists from SHARP (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice), as well as the reggae and ska communities, for allegedly violating site standards. It even included ska legend Neville Staple of The Specials. “

State of Delaware: Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs launches At Home Concert Series

State of Delaware: Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs launches At Home Concert Series. “As part of a growing effort to bring Delaware’s historic places, stories and artifacts to life online, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (HCA) has introduced a new digital feature highlighting local music and historic sites across the First State: The At Home Concert Series, now live on HCA’s YouTube channel. The first concert in the series, a solo, half-hour performance by singer/guitarist Mike Miller, was recorded live in the historic courtroom of The Old State House in Dover. The series will continue with additional concerts featuring artists from around the region performing in historic venues across the state.”

Mashable: This cellist is spending quarantine recording delightful retro multitracks

Mashable: This cellist is spending quarantine recording delightful retro multitracks. “Samara Ginsberg’s career as a session musician went on pause in March thanks to covid-19. Now, the London-based cellist is spending quarantine arranging elaborate covers of pop culture classics for her YouTube channel — including, most recently, the Knight Rider theme.”

WWLP: Music Fan Creates Online Schedule of Home Based Performances

WWLP: Music Fan Creates Online Schedule of Home Based Performances. “Do you love live music? Are you disappointed that you can’t get out to see some live performances? We have some great news for you. A local music fan has created an online database of local music performances you can enjoy from home.” Local (western Massachusetts) gigs at the top (a LOT of ’em), “Shows from Elsewhere” further down.