Social distancing has shut down the live music scene, but the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame (CPMHOF) and Keystone Amplifiers are working together to bring local music entertainment and live performances directly to your device/TV.
The “Keystone Coffee House LIVE” series started as a platform for local musicians to perform with viewers having the ability to tip the artists via a “virtual tip jar.” Live performances began Tuesday, 3/17, when meeting in small groups but maintaining some distance between participants still seemed acceptable. The performances involved the artists and a small production team broadcasting live from the home of Keystone Amplifiers on Java Avenue.
With an increased need for social distancing, the music series is being re-branded as “Quarantine LIVEstream!” Artists will continue to stream LIVE- directly from the seclusion of their own homes – to the CPMHOF Facebook page. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Saturday, 3/28 – Shine Delphi
Tuesday, 3/31 – Aaron Daniel Gaul
Wednesday, 4/1 – Garret Shultz
Thursday, 4/2 – Corina Rose
Friday, 4/3 – Jason Carst
All performances will be from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame and Keystone Amplifiers will continue to manage the performers’ live feed and their virtual tip jar, with 100% of the tops going directly to the artists. Tips are accepted via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Venmo (@cpmhof), helping our fabulous local artists generate income—even with all of their gigs being cancelled.
“In times of happiness, indifference, and turmoil, people to turn to music,” said Brandon Valentine, President & Founder of the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame. “With concerts being cancelled, our non-profit organization has banded together with Keystone Amplifiers to provide not only a platform that will help full-time musicians generate income, but also an avenue for our local community to come together through music.”
The idea was proposed by Mark Snyder (owner of Keystone Amplifiers and Board Member for the CPMHOF). “We have the equipment; we have the connection; we have the time. Why wouldn’t we do this?” said Snyder. “I called Brandon Valentine with the idea, and he laughed and said that he was thinking the same thing. We wanted to try and find a new way forward.”
Both Brandon and Mark hope that this small effort in giving back inspires others to do the same. “Our kids are watching. We want them to see us do the right thing, so they feel empowered to assist others in the future,” said Valentine. “We might not be able to show them what to do, but we can show them how to be,” added Snyder.
The Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing, supporting, and growing the local music scene. Keystone Amplifiers is a customizable, boutique guitar amplifier company that is based out of Hershey, PA.