Salem musicians connect with fans and make some much-needed cash as the ban on public gatherings stretches on
Erin Westfall and Sean McLeod performed March 21 as part of an inaugural Salem Musician Alliance Facebook Live concert. (Courtesy image)
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's ban on public gatherings could have killed the live music scene in Salem. But artists are grabbing their phones, booting up their computers and using Facebook to share their music and stay connected with fans.
On March 21, the Salem Musician Alliance held an inaugural Facebook Live concert event. About 90 people tuned in live to watch the music.
The duo Erin Westfall and Sean McLeod kicked off the show with a set that included acoustic guitars, electric guitars, violins, singing, and the occasional cat appearance. Rich McCloud Music took over the show with a set that involved guitar and McCloud's brand of rap-influenced funk. And Elvicious Cash ended the night with a half-hour set involving guitar, vocals, and original music.
This Saturday, March 28, the Alliance will hold another live event. The show starts at 7 p.m. on the Alliance Facebook page, but the stream will be available after the show ends, if the time isn't convenient for you. Saturday's lineup includes:
• Rebecca McDade. A childhood spent moving between Scotland, Ireland and Oregon infuses McDade's work. She's a singer and guitar player, and her music falls solidly in the folk realm.
• Thia Nix. Nix calls Salem home, and she plays a range of instruments, including guitar, violin, and banjo. Her music is ambient, and while she does perform covers, she specializes in original work.