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Livestreaming from global to local music — Listen Up!

When the reality struck me that my live music scene options were about to be completely cut out in the foreseeable future, I admit my first thought was kind of selfish. I went to that place in my head that really enjoys and benefits from the communal gatherings of people at both large and intimate places and spaces that I visit with frequency.

Then my mind shifted to the artists and bands, the bars and large stadiums whose business models rely on touring acts and programming live music to thrive and survive financially. I have been extremely fortunate to work with and get to know so many of the people that work in and around the local, regional and even national music industry.

Sometime early last week I was on social media, where I follow a number of artists, bands and music venues, and I noticed that one of my favorite artists, Frank Turner, was planning a livestream house concert from his home in England. The show was set for St. Patrick’s Day and would include his wife and fellow musician Jess Guise and his friends Micah Schnarel and Vanessa Jean Spackman. With the time difference the show started at 4:30 p.m. That timing seemed odd for me, however, every musical moment seems to happen for a reason.

One of the very next posts I saw was announcing that the Dropkick Murphys, a band I have seen a half-dozen times live, would also do a livestream concert on St. Patrick’s Day from Boston starting at 7:30 p.m. At that point, with my wife, Allison, with all her Westmeath Ireland heritage skills serving up delicious Americanized Irish fair complete with my daughter’s Irish potatoes, my St. Paddy’s night was set.

Both streams were awesome. The viewership numbers were impressive, with the Frank Turner Friends

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