One of the casualties of the continuing coronavirus pandemic has been the silencing of stay music in the Houma-Thibodaux space, simply as in many of the state and nation.
Despite restrictions that restrict crowds at native music venues, some have been capable of host stay acts once more.
Those who present that leisure have needed to endure lengthy stretches off the stage and get artistic to interchange misplaced revenue.
Casie Thibodeaux, half of the favored husband-and-wife acoustic duo Casie and Jonny, was capable of finding a distinct segment acting on Facebook Live utilizing online fee instrument Venmo to permit viewers to pay no matter they need.
“We tried it out one afternoon in the yard,” Thibodeaux mentioned. “We live-streamed a four-hour present, and individuals tipped us, and we thought, OK, we are able to nonetheless make money. We picked up individuals from Canada, from Texas, from Arkansas, individuals who did not know us however had been on the lookout for stay music streams.”
Casie and Jonny have continued their online performances, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, however are beginning to carry out stay regionally once more.
“I did not get back out into the general public myself, since August,” Thibodeaux mentioned “Slowly however absolutely, some of the smaller eating places discovered ways to have patios, so we may play to individuals on the patio.”
Worry for virus transmission at exhibits
Even as they open, diminished patron capacities as a result of COVID-19 make it troublesome for eating places to host stay leisure.
Bars and eating places are topic to restrictions beneath the modified Phase 2 order of Gov. John Bel Edwards, scheduled to run out Feb. 10.
Bars in parishes above 5% positivity are closed to indoor gross sales and consumption. But they’ll open for outdoor consumption at tables solely and at 25% capability, with a most of 50 individuals. Terrebonne’s newest positivity fee, for the week ending Jan. 20, was 10.4%. Lafourche posted a fee of 9.9%.
All eating places are restricted to 50% of their indoor capability and are inspired to maneuver as a lot eating outside as they’ll.
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Bars in neither Terrebonne or Lafourche can open for indoor enterprise, so these few locations that host stay music are eating places with appropriate outdoor spaces.
Houma blues and rock guitarist Frank Ball mentioned he had a bout of COVID himself, which he suspects he caught whereas taking part in at a personal Christmas get together, so he tends to be further cautious when he takes the stage right this moment.
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“I wasn’t too anxious to get back into golf equipment, on condition that we’re in a pandemic,” Ball mentioned. “But many of the gigs that I’m taking part in have outdoor levels; you are not in an enclosed space.”
Ball mentioned he nonetheless worries about transmission of the virus at gigs.
“I performed with a band the opposite day, and we had been separated from the individuals, however I do not really feel they had been social distancing they approach they need to be,” he mentioned. “They simply regarded like nothing was happening, most of them weren’t sporting masks. I would not wish to be down there mingling with the group like that.”
How a brand new band has adjusted
Getting established acts back in enterprise has been laborious, however one new native band has tried to realize a foothold in the stay music scene, a three-piece outfit referred to as the Supersoakers.
The band fashioned simply earlier than the pandemic hit in March. Blake Guidry supplies keyboards and vocals, Zach Gaudet percussion and Mark Portier guitar.
The Supersoakers performed a couple of gigs simply earlier than the world shut down and used the time through the pandemic to develop their repertoire.
“We would follow and attempt to fill a set checklist,” Guidry mentioned. “That approach, when issues would form of settle down socially, we may get back into the music scene.”
The Supersoakers play a variety of music and have a big catalogue to select from, which Guidry hopes will permit the band to play for various audiences.
“We have about 70 songs complete,” he mentioned. “We attempt to really feel out the group, begin with some lighter choices, and because the night time goes on, change it up. We do some little bit of rock, a little bit little bit of blues, a little bit little bit of jazz, a little bit little bit of nation, so we attempt to be inclusive. Once we work out what the group desires, that is what we can provide them.”
Guidry mentioned the band performs three or 4 exhibits monthly today.
Ball mentioned the alternatives for musicians to carry out in public are nonetheless restricted.
“I’m being actually selective,” Ball mentioned. “At the identical time, not too many locations are having stay leisure proper now, the restrictions are stopping it. It’s actually laborious on the music proper now.”
6 native locations to listen to stay music
Here are a couple of locations with outdoor spaces the place you may get pleasure from stay music. Call forward for dates, occasions and artists.
- Big Mike’s BBQ Smokehouse, 120 Laura Drive, Thibodaux, 316-3057.
- The Pour House, 541 Corporate Drive, Houma, 872-0006.
- La Carreta, 1327 St. Charles St., Houma, 876-0830.
- Bayou Terrebonne Distillers, 8043 Main St., Houma, 790-7772.
- Lenny’s, 656 Corporate Drive, Houma, 746-5553.
- Papi Cheo, 863 Verret St., Houma, 262-1312.