Tip the Band at Bandcamp and Do Some Virtual Busking

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Humboldt music fans can still support some of the local bands and musicians they love, even as the bars and venues that host them stand closed. Take for example the grinding sounds of Ultramafic, local talent our Setlist columnist Collin Yeo once referred to as "space-bong lords." You can find a slice of the band's oeuvre on Bandcamp here, which is today forgoing its usual share of the revenue to help out musicians who've lost gigs and tours under COVID-19 lockdown.
Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album. - BANDCAMP
  • Bandcamp
  • Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album.

A statement on the Bandcamp website reads, "For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not. Still, we consider this just a starting point. Musicians will continue to feel the effects of lost touring income for many months to come, so we’re also sharing some ideas below on how fans can support the artists they love and how artists can give fans new, creative ways to provide support."

So look for your beloved locals and, if they're available, download some tunes to keep you grooving in your own abode.

Which gets us thinking: Any bands or performers (musical or otherwise) out there want to do a little virtual busking? Email jennifer@northcoastjournal a video of you doing your thing (keep it clean, people — well, mostly clean, burlesque people) as you shelter in place, a little information about yourself and a payment app address folks can contribute to like a tip jar. We'll chose some local talent to feature and pass the digital hat. And if you're already having, say, a Facebook Live performance, let us know so we can boost your signal. The show must go on.

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