Ani DiFranco, Buddy Wakefield, Amber Tamblyn, and Sage Francis help us preview three months of shows and workshops with “the world’s most beloved spoken word artists.”
“It's interesting to think about what will happen moving forward. Nothing will ever replace a bunch of bodies being in a room sharing the same experience.”
“The livestream shows have given me a sense of purpose. I’ve been trying to think of them as real shows. I look forward to them all week, I pick out an outfit, write a set list, and try to find lighting that doesn’t make me look like I’m in an interrogation room.”
Music seems poised to return to the way it was presented for thousands of years before there was a formal music industry: A few elite artists subsidized by their wealthy patrons, while the rest of civilization heard music made by their neighbors at barn dances or at local celebrations.
“As an innovator, I say that it's very un-punk rock to sit and wait for others to tell you when, where, and how you can make art. There is so much talent and creativity here in the Boston music scene.”
“I'm always in favour of finding different ways to support musicians, but I feel that the more we do these kinds of events, the more people will realise that they're a thing in themselves.”
“While we can’t be with them in person right now, we felt the want and need to give back to them in the way they do for us. Being able to take requests of everyone’s favorite songs and talking with our fans and friends has made it feel more like a show experience.”
"It is with a heavy heart today that I announce that Great Scott will not re-open. For 44 years Great Scott has provided entertainment and more than a few beverages to a loyal group of customers."
"During this time every musician and their crews are out of work like so many people out there with very few applicable grants and loans available."
“There’s no playbook for how we deal with this as entertainers ... All I can do is try to continue to entertain in whatever way that I possibly can."