First up, Mike has a beautiful dialog with Samantha Martin (5:20) about her pandemic expertise and making her newest, barn-storming document together with her band, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. The new album, The Reckless One, was launched in November through Gypsy Soul Records, and options swirling Booker T-inspired organ, a swaggering horn line and Samantha’s trademark hurricane-force vocals. With Mike, Samantha chats about their resolution to concentrate on the European touring market prior the pandemic, the price of touring the U.S., songwriting, singing within the studio versus on stage, what it was wish to carry out a livestreamed live performance from a nearly-empty theatre, and extra.
After that, Mike chats with Rob Cyrynowski (42:20) about his distinctive COVID-safe live performance sequence known as Hotels Live. Rob is a veteran Canadian expertise purchaser, booker, and promoter who’s labored with such acts as Kiss, Def Leppard, Rush, Thomas Rhett, Rihanna, Pitbull, Tiësto, Bryan Adams, and The Tragically Hip. Calgary-based Hotels Live Canada has been providing a few of the most enjoyable, COVID-safe live performance experiences all through the summer time and fall and can proceed to take action in 2021. At these exhibits, followers are watching DJs and bands from the consolation and security of their resort room balconies. So far in 2020, Hotels Lives has organized 15 secure stay live shows with 48 artists. For these exhibits, greater than 1,350 resort rooms had been offered, with over 5,000 followers attending exhibits, and ticket gross sales grossed over $350,000, far exceeding what most live performance promoters have been in a position to do in Canada this 12 months. And importantly, there’s been zero COVID-19 circumstances traced to the exhibits. So, Rob discusses how this live performance idea got here to be, the teachings realized to this point, and what 2021 holds.