How Musicians Are Bringing Joy During the Pandemic

Pueblo, Colo. guitarist and singer Tom Munch has performed everywhere from restaurants to dude ranches to the Royal Gorge Bridge, but nursing home concerts take up much of his time, accounting for 50 gigs a month.

That all changed in March, as COVID-19 forced senior living facilities across the country to take ever more stringent steps to keep their residents safe. So Munch adapted, offering livestreamed concerts via Facebook Live. (It helped that he was already offering his fans living-room concerts on Facebook.)

Munch’s most successful virtual concert to date served several dozen residents of the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center in Walsenburg, Colo. According to activities director Sophia Perez, the staff rotated residents through a common area (while maintaining social distancing) so they could watch the concert on a big-screen TV. Munch was even able to take requests via text… More here.

Tom is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Tune in if you can.

Categories: Music

1 reply

  1. Aw, thanks. I haven’t been able to do as many of these as I’d like. The facilities either don’t have good enough WiFi to stream or are confined to their rooms now with no smart TVs or other devices to stream to. The only alternative would be cable access TV or some sort of closed circuit TV. I haven’t looked into that yet. The next year may bring playing in parking lots or yards to residents who can open their windows on one side of the building they’re in to listen once the “stay at home” restrictions are lifted.

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