INTERVIEW/EVENT : California Women's Music's Homebound Virtual Tour Allows Music To Thrive In Tough Time.
They say that “music heals,” and in this tough time, known as 2020, both music creators and fans are banning together to not only survive but thrive through the use of music to support the community and create awareness. The California Women’s Music (CWM) nonprofit organization is doing just that by hosting the Homebound Virtual Tour taking place Saturday October 17th from 4:00PM PDT. This is an online streaming, live concert, featuring an all female-led lineup for pandemic relief.
Founded in 2014, the California Women’s Music is a nonprofit organization focused on events- concerts, educational events, and festivals- to celebrate women in creative roles including music, art, literature, poetry, or even business in the Golden State. They also facilitate grant programs, to help others to pay it forward, and continue the work in the community.
While the pandemic has hit hard for everyone, there has been a significant impact on the entertainment industry. Not only have artists been detrimentally affected, but also sound engineers, lighting designers, stage hands, instrumental technicians, venue owners, waiters, and the list goes on and on. The Homebound Virtual Tour aims to bring awareness to this situation and raise money for independent artists and small businesses such as the Ivy Room. Though a free event, donations are accepted. 40% of all the proceeds will go towards this women owned and operated music venue, located in Albany, CA. The show will be broadcast by CWM on multiple platforms including Facebook LIVE, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitch.
The full lineup to be announced, the show will be headlined by Jackie Venson who describes herself as a “woman, a guitar, and the truth.” Starting as a classical pianist at Berklee College of Music, Venson switched to electric guitar and found a new found freedom in blues, soul, and R&B. Now touring, Vensons sound has been recognized for breaking down both gender and genre boundaries: “Hendrix-meets-Prince blues guitar and a panoply of synthesized voices and vibes, eagerly and fluidly passing through genres to never quite call one home. Genre-bending is à la mode today, but when orchestrated with her kind of finesse, it’s really the artist that becomes the genre” - Premier Guitar.
Check out the links below to watch the show. Be sure to take a look at California Women’s Music non-profit and follow them on social media to find out about upcoming events. Most of all, please continue to support all musicians in this time of need as well as women and girls everywhere- thank you to music for giving the voice to support and love each other.
Watch Homebound Virtual Tour here
Additionally, the concert will multi-stream on @CWMNP Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch. Find out more about California Women’s Music on their website.
Written by Krystal King
Krystal King is a Carolina country singer-songwriter currently working out of Nashville, TN. In addition to her work as an artist, Krystal is also a board certified Music Therapist and is passionate about using her talents to help others, specifically in the field of mental health. Check out her debut music video “Slow Love” and give her a follow on social media. Instagram |Facebook
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