Spread Love, Not Germs: Live Music in the Covid Era

Spread Love, Not Germs Live Music in the Covid Era

Lots of new words have popped up in our vernacular during this pandemic, namely social distancing, quarantini*, spendemic, and the less polite “covidiot”.  In the music business, we’ve come up with words like “minimony” and “tiny-tainment” to describe the scaled down versions of ceremonies and live music for weddings and events. 

No one wants to ditch the music at their wedding or event, which sets the tone and energizes the crowd. With that in mind, there are numerous things to consider when it comes to maintaining the uniquely memorable ambience of live musicians. 

First:  be safe and think small.  A solo guitarist (classical, Spanish, jazz, pop or a mix of all styles) is a great and safe option.  There’s no blowing or singing and it’s easy for them to wear a mask.  A brilliant solo guitarist can give even a larger group a run for their money.

Some bands will provide clear plexi-glass dividers to separate them from guests who may emit way too much enthusiastic spittle during a night of imbibing and dancing.  The good thing is you hardly notice them from the dance floor so you can easily forget that there’s a germ barrier between the crowd and the band.  While the cost to rent these dividers may be added to the cost of your event, it’s worth the extra cost to keep everyone happy – and safe. 

Granted, outdoor events are much safer in general.  With the colder weather, there are different variables and precautions to take into consideration.  In this moment, over-communication is key.  Be sure to know the current policies in your state and county, as well as the policies – and comfort level – of all your vendors. It will be crucial to approach the planning process with consideration to the airflow of spaces and with layouts in mind.  Restrictions regarding guest count, though ever evolving, will be part of that decision-making process as well. 

Most importantly, keep in mind that you’re not alone in all this frustration and the difficult decisions that come with trying to re-imagine your wedding or event.  At the end of the day, you and your guests won’t take one second of celebrating for granted.

If you have any questions about the true blue band or any live music during COVID-19, please feel free to reach out to me at bill@billpollackmusic.com

*Recipe for Quarantini: a martini of vodka and gin mixed with Emergen-C vitamin powder, to calm your nerves and boost your immune system at the same time.  You’re welcome.