Artists share music online

That’s all, folks, just about sums up the world melting down thanks to COVID-19 and the devastating impact on live music. As one show after another got canceled the Maui Arts & Cultural Center announced all programming is postponed until further notice.

With restaurants and clubs going dark, Charley’s owner Jonathan Herman posted: “Let’s all remember the musicians, sound engineers, security personnel and support staff who will suffer financially while making sacrifices to keep our families and community safe.” And Mick Fleetwood noted the closing of Fleetwood’s on Front Street: “We look forward to reopening when it is safe for you and our staff alike,” he said.

The Maui Coffee Attic hopes to provide some income for musicians, providing live streaming on Facebook on Friday and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. with a link to donate directly to artists.

After Jake Shimabukuro’s MACC show was postponed to May 23, he posted a video: “Everyone around the world is dealing with something that none of us have ever dealt with before. I wish you all the best.”

Henry Kapono posted: “I’m not jumping on the FEAR train. It’s a time to have hope and believe in a positive World. Hope will empower you, but LOVE will conquer all.”

The virus impact is hurting a lot of artists across the musical spectrum. Joan Osborne, who canceled her Iao Theater show, posted: “This thing is bad for everyone, but a complete bloodbath for performers. My heart goes out to fellow performers who are watching the income they depend on disappear overnight as governments ban large gatherings.”

Rescheduling her MACC concert for March 21, 2021, Simrit posted a video for her new song “CCV.” “This sound current evokes courage and victory . . . something that is so crucial in this time. When you have uplifting sounds surrounding you, your energy shifts and becomes elevated. Music is medicine for these times.”

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua postponed the 28th annual Celebration of the Arts, slated to open on April 10. Ritz cultural advisor Clifford J. Nae’ole announced: “We have made this decision to ensure we are embracing our kuleana as partners of protection for our kupuna, keiki, ohana, friends and visitors.”

Ozomatli dropped their Hawaii tour, which was supposed to land at Mulligans on Friday. They are planning to return in October.

With many musicians heading online, the Maui Chamber Orchestra streamed its recent concert. “If this virtual concert is a success, we may consider using the same medium for our April 18 ‘Brass Quintet’ concert,” it posted.

Among the many online posts, Michael McDonald sang Burt Bacharach’s marvelous “What the World Needs Now is Love.” “Keep the faith everybody,” he advised.

On March 19, Willie Nelson and a bunch of musicians including his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Edie Brickell, and Jewel streamed an almost six-hour show, “for everyone under self-quarantine to enjoy,” with an online tip jar.

Our part-time resident Paul Simon opened with his anthem “American Tune,” then looking like it was shot on Maui, he joined his wife and Woody Harrelson singing the Everly Brothers’ “All I Have to Do is Dream.” “Stay safe, stay well,” said Paul.

After Willie and his sons sang in Austin, Texas, the show closed on Maui with Paul, daughter Lulu Simon, and Woody with Elvis’ “Are You Lonesome Tonight.”

New Age Grammy winner Peter Kater live streamed music from Maui on Facebook on Friday. “I might do these weekly for the duration of this chaos,” he reported.

Lukas Nelson is posting “Quarantunes Evening Sessions” including covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluiah” and Simon’s “The Sound Of Silence.”

Chinese artists actually started the online movement early on during the virus outbreak, with indie musicians livestreaming shows and organizing “bedroom” festivals.

Cello master Yo-Yo Ma offered some musical relief. “In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort,” he posted, sharing “Songs of Comfort,” playing Dvorak’s “Going Home.”

And finally, disco legend Gloria Gaynor injected a little levity posting a video clip of her washing her hands to her famous hit, “I Will Survive.”


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