I moved to New Orleans almost nine years ago. I fell in love with the City immediately, music blaring in the streets every day, festivals every weekend, and creative people of all shapes and sizes everywhere. Since the COVID-19 shutdown a few weeks ago, the streets have been eerily quiet. The music clubs are shuttered, the second lines are cancelled, and Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest are postponed until October. The nine major festival gigs I had lined up for this Spring have all been postponed or cancelled. We are still doing some performances via LiveStream, but I greatly miss my community of musicians and the culture that makes this city so special and unique. Virtual life is not the same as authentic human interaction. My greatest hope is that when this is over, we take a look at what we value and begin to take better care of our musicians and gig economy workers.
Enviado por / Submitted by Laura, New Orleans, EE.UU./USA