As Quarantine Continues: Updates From SBMS

Unless you have been living under a rock, we are all painfully aware of the fact that all the shows on our calendar our currently canceled for the unforeseen future. At this moment in time, we have stopped updating our calendar. It’s hard to predict exactly how long all this will last.

We are all aware of the fact that practically everything that is not considered an essential business is shut down. This includes venues, bars, and other entertainment establishments. Whether you work or frequent in one of these spaces, we are all feeling the impact. Whether it is a loss of income or the enjoyment of being able to step out of your homes to interact with the ones we love at the places we enjoy, we see what this has done to our communities.

While we have seen some terribly ridiculous responses (looking at you hoarders), I have also seen many moments of compassion. Thanks to everyone on the frontlines for continuing to do everything that you are doing to keep society functioning. To all the health care workers, grocery store workers, farmworkers, cleaners and everyone else who is still out there we thank you.

In this pivotal moment, there are also many folks who have lost their incomes. With this comes the loss of income for freelancers, people who work in the gig economy, and other forms of entertainment. Many of us are left at home pondering when this will all end.

It’s been over a month since this all started and it’s hard to predict when there will be an end in sight. While this isn’t an ideal situation, some of us have found ways to continue to safely connect with our communities. Many artists who have felt the economic impact are doing everything they can to either continue to make a living for themselves or for their fellow musicians and artists around them. Right now, I can say that I have watched dozens of live streams. I know it’s not the same as being at a show but it definitely helps with those moments of despair when one needs to feel a part of something that is bigger than themselves. I would encourage everyone to find their favorite musicians and see what they have been up to! Lots of musicians and artists have been raising funds or just providing entertainment.

At this moment in time, we have no idea when we will all be able to get back to whatever “normal” becomes in a post-covid 19 world. In the meantime, we will leave our calendar blank for the most part. We will not update that until this is all done and over with.

If you can afford to help musicians/artists in our community then please do so.

Finally, our wonderful crew at the Studio aka Crowded Coffin Productions has been offering free videos of local and international artists for your entertainment. Head on over to the Santa Barbara Music Scene Facebook Page to check out what we have been up to in the times of Covid-19.

As always stay safe and until then we’ll hopefully be able to see you all at a show soon.

PS here’s a glimpse of what we have been up! Buddy talks with Libby Lux of Bridge City Sinners