Three or four nights a week, Chatham Rabbits visits neighborhoods from Asheville to Wilmington, playing several short sets that people can safely enjoy from their lawns and front porches. The tour is funded almost entirely by donations.
Fans can submit an online request for Chatham Rabbits to visit their neighborhood â€” Sarah said theyâ€™ve received over 500 requests. Theyâ€™ve visited more than 60 neighborhoods since the beginning of May and have no plans to stop the tour anytime soon.
â€śPeople have been just so eager to see live music and have just been really, really responsive to the whole idea,â€ť Sarah said. â€śWe have been blown away by peopleâ€™s generosity.â€ť
Other musicians throughout the Triangle have found creative ways to continue sharing their art with the community. For Chatham Rabbits, that meant finding new, safe ways to perform. For others, it means channeling their energy into producing and recording new content.
Faith Jones, a Durham-based singer-songwriter and a 2020 UNC graduate, is working on an EP and said sheâ€™s been able to write new songs every day since June.
â€śIâ€™ve been trying to figure out my voice in what I say and how I want to say it,â€ť Jones said.
In addition to writing original content, Jones also recorded a cover of â€śFor What Itâ€™s Worthâ€ť written by Stephen Stills for the Catâ€™s Cradle benefit album, â€śCover Charge.â€ť
â€śCover Chargeâ€ť consists of 25 tracks recorded by local musicians, the proceeds of which support the Carrboro venue Catâ€™s Cradle.
One of the project creators, musician and UNC English professor Florence Dore, said the project inspired her to create more new music while in quarantine. To record a song for â€śCover Charge,â€ť she and her bandmates emailed tracks back and forth, mixing and recording remotely.
â€śHands down, it would be better to be playing in clubs and interacting with audiences,â€ť Dore said. â€śBut I gained inspiration and motivation from figuring out how to keep recording even though we could not do that.â€ť
Mipso, a band composed of UNC graduates, channeled its creative energy into making music videos for its self-titled album that’s releasing in October. Vocalist and fiddle player Libby Rodenbough said the group gathered in North Carolina for about two weeks and created six full music videos, which they plan to release throughout the fall.
Mipso also recorded a cover of â€śLong Distance Loveâ€ť by Little Feat for â€śCover Charge.â€ťÂ
Durham-based artist A.yoni Jeffries also said the pandemic has allowed her extra time to strategize unconventional album releases. Jeffriesâ€™ debut album, â€śPotential Gon Pay,â€ť comes out this month â€” and she said she plans to record video performances to promote the album.
Rodenbough said Mipso is still considering their options, including livestream performances through North Carolina venues.
â€śLike everybody, weâ€™re trying to think creatively,â€ť she said.
Matt Southern, a Raleigh-based singer-songwriter, said heâ€™s had a similar experience â€” he and his bandmates are promoting their newly-released album via local radio instead of live shows, and theyâ€™re using the time in quarantine to research and make creative lyric videos.
â€śLive music wonâ€™t go away; itâ€™s too important,â€ť Dore said. â€śBut you can make magic in other ways. These days the virtual experience can do a lot to soothe peopleâ€™s sense of isolation.â€ť