For many musicians, the COVID-19 pandemic brought their concert schedules to a screeching halt. Some have adapted by hosting virtual performances. Emmy-nominated composer and installation artist Amos Cochran is adapting by setting a goal to produce seven new works by the end of the year. Niente is the first of those and it's being released digitally May 22.
The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View isn't as lively as previous springs. To make up for the loss of live music the center is teaming up with Ozarks Highlands Radio and Stone County-based Stone Bank for an online showcase of music on May 28.
Wheatfield's new album, Some People, is out on schedule, but everything else is on hold, including the shows the band had scheduled to play their new music. The members of Wheatfield gathered on Zoom to talk to us about the record.
The second annual Home Sweet Home Festival took place in Northwest Arkansas, albeit with a different format than originally planned. Instead of featuring local and touring musicians in house concert settings, the festival instead focused on live-streaming performances to abide by social distancing guidelines. Local songwriter Andrew McLaughlin was one of the featured artists in the virtual festival.
Though it is physically closed because of the coronavirus, The Momentary is posting weekly playlists not only to build engagement with the community but to also provide an escape for listeners. The playlists are available on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.