Band: Corona Fest
Date: March 27-29
Venue: Facebook Live through the Southern Music Lounge page, facebook.com/southernmusiclounge
The isolation mentality has forced local musicians to brainstorm new electronic methods of building a following while making money. Southern Music Lounge is a social media entity that hopes to assist local musicians in these endeavors. As venues began closing doors and cancelling shows, Southern Music Lounge appeared on Facebook with a mission to keep the local scene alive by hosting streaming shows.
This online venue will be using Corona Fest to establish its place in the world of local virtual music venues. This festival will spend three days bringing a plethora of local artists to music-hungry listeners in quarantine around the Azalea City. Throughout Corona Fest, viewers will have the option of financially supporting the bands through their “virtual tip jars,” which will be displayed throughout the festival.
On Friday at 6 p.m., Corona Fest will start with a performance from Gabriel Willis (Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet). Disco Rednecks will follow with a set filled with grooves. Greg “Red” Padilla (Red & the Revelers) and Erin Tucker will combine vocal talents. Transit Soul, GATORFIGHT and Down South Drive will also be performing.
Saturday’s electronic festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Johnny Shelton, who will be followed by Ship & Shore. Symone French will be bringing her smooth soul vocals to the mix. Saturday’s lineup will also include Kalyn Muller, Justin Wall, Gravity Blinks, Mary Alice, Muse to Sirens, Xaris Waltman, Nathan Evans Fox, Stuart McNair and Stephen Sylvester. Red Padilla will also be interviewing Waltman and Sylvester.
Sunday’s lineup will be filled with local singer-songwriters. Ryan Balthrop has a batch of homegrown jams and grooves for viewers. Laurie Anne Armour will bring her mix of folk and country to Corona Fest. Ella Salter will be on hand with her backing band, Sunday Sinners. The final day of Corona Fest will also include performances from Love Is War, Joe Sims, Nancy Bryant Roppolo, Foxpaw and Megan T. McMillan, plus interviews with Armour and McMillan.
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