I'm praying that mine are cancelled. I work in large casinos, where the people who make the real money don't have to be there. When it gets bad enough, I'm simply going to resign.
i think the next 10 days will really tell the tale. if the US is on the same trajectory as Italy, they're saying we're 10-15 days behind. i can only hope that today's address makes people think again about this whole thing and we just mitigate the spread to keep pressure off the hospitals.I'm in Wisconsin. As of this morning, we had 3 cases, which I believe were near Madison. I'm in Milwaukee. Our show this weekend is in Fond du Lac (St. Patty's Day Sports Bar show downtown Fond du Lac), and I just read that there are now 2 cases in Fond du Lac county. Both have been isolated (one at home and one in the hospital), but they are trying to track down the people they have been in contact with. There is also one in Waukesha, which is about 20 minutes from me.
We do play every weekend, but most of the shows are just regular bar gigs. Those shows can be easier to cancel or reschedule. None of the club owners have reached out to me yet. Most of them are fairly reasonable-ish, so I think we just need to get the dialogue going. On one hand, I'm sure they want to keep their business going. But on the other hand, they won't want to pay for a band if people stop coming out to the shows. I'd like to think that they would also consider the big picture.
I do have a wedding reception gig on May 2nd, also in Fond du Lac. The original band the couple hired broke up in January and cancelled on them. We shuffled our schedule around to make ourselves available for them. The bride asked over and over again "Are you sure you can do the gig?" Of course, the guilt now makes me want to play the show no matter what. I don't want to be the second band to cancel on them. But a lot will happen between now and then. The reception is in a hotel, and I would imagine that the hotel will have procedures and cooperate decisions, etc. in place between now and then that may end up making some decisions for us. We'll see.
Received notification today from a few of our regular local venues that they are canceling all events until mid-late April. This is likely to be the same for upcoming touring venues. This sure seems like a good time to support your favorite musicians by purchasing their music directly. Music has gotten me through some very difficult times, and I will give back to those special musicians who helped light my path in times of darkness. Support those artists!I've had two shows cancelled. Both were sold out in advance. In WA state, the governor has issued a decree limiting gatherings to less than 250, and most venues are appropriately erring on the side of caution. I happen to have a "day job" and the impact can be absorbed. I'm very concerned about my friends who make their living in music.
I just saw Devin in Charlotte for the third time.. Was honestly one of the greatest shows I've ever been to. So much better without backing tracksDevin Townsend/Haken/The Contortionist is now postponed for all future dates. I was stoked to be going to this, but flying Seattle to Denver (bad)... to hang out in a crowd (bad)... then flying home (bad)... would be pretty stupid so I was going to have to cancel going anyway.
I was supposed to see him this Sunday in Cleveland. Better off being safe though.Devin Townsend/Haken/The Contortionist is now postponed for all future dates. I was stoked to be going to this, but flying Seattle to Denver (bad)... to hang out in a crowd (bad)... then flying home (bad)... would be pretty stupid so I was going to have to cancel going anyway.