Live music in every genre, in venues of every size and flavor, is a huge part of the appeal of our area. Of course, right now, enjoying music in person is not possible. Fortunate/ly, many of our local musicians are showcasing their skills on video via Facebook and YouTube.
We’ve gathered a few of our favorites to get you started and encourage you to visit the pages of your own favorite local artists and bands. You may find a whole other way to appreciate our local musical offerings!
All That Jazz is a jazz ensemble with players from the Punta Gorda and Sarasota areas which is sharing lots of fun musical stuff on their Facebook page.
Austin and Zen recently performed a “Facebook Live” show and have another coming up in a few weeks.
Charlotte County Library System is featuring fun musical interludes for kids.
Clover’s Revenge is a “dangerous intersection of two Irish musical traditions: Acoustic pub music & Celtic punk rock,” Clover’s Revenge has plenty of entertainment on their Facebook page, from their own performance and “road trip” videos to other great musical spotlights.
Dan Meadows has done one live show so far, and has mentioned wanting to do more.
Drop Dead Dangerous is a national touring band that goes live on Facebook on Thursdays to catch up and take requests for their Saturday live performances.
The Freecoasters have lots of fun videos to peruse.
In a nice twist, Greg Short is doing live shows and the venues into which he was originally booked are hosting online watch parties of his performances.
The Island Doctor recently did a “Margaritaville Live Happy Hour” feed. He reached a lot of people and the hope is that he will so more
Mark Gorka has done one live show so far, with more to possibly come.
National artist and local favorite of the Punta Gorda Jazz Festival and Mindi Abair and Friends, Mindi Abair has done three live shows so far, and more may come!
Nostaljah Band has plenty of performance videos and a new single available.
Paul Allodi performs “Live on the Lanai” every Thursday.
The Punta Gorda Guitar Army's Facebook page is sharing a lot of diverse virtual musical performances, which is a great way to stay in the musical mood until they can meet in person again.
Rayla Hart is not only doing impromptu concerts, she is sharing ways for musicians to go live easily.
Rocky Trop is making performance videos from their “isolation station.” They’ve done 8 so far, with more likely to come!
Of course, we haven’t even come close to scratching the surface of our local music scene, but we hope this inspires you to find your own favorites. When you do, reach out and encourage them to keep on entertaining online until we can all be together again. There’s nothing like music to spread a little joy and sense of community.
Stay safe everyone!