Written by Bill Kopp
Live Music in Western North Carolina Before, During, and After COVID-19
Music-making is inextricably intertwined with the culture of Western North Carolina. In fact, the path of live performance of music in all its myriad forms provides a handy set of guideposts to chart the history of the region. And in recent years, Asheville has earned a prominent spot as a center of creative musical activity.
But the novel coronavirus has thrown a wrench in the day-to-day activities of most everyone, especially those in the arts community. Even beyond its threat to health and safety, the pandemic’s effects are felt strongly by the music community in Western North Carolina, many of whom draw their livelihood from live performance. Still, in the face of adversity, it’s hard to crush the spirit of these creatives. In his or her own way, each is cautiously navigating a way through and beyond this crisis.
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