Organizers at The State Theatre in Portland, ME have announced a new concert series while the entire live entertainment industry remains on indefinite hiatus heading into the summer months. The venue will host full-band performances in an empty venue which will be streamed to the masses for free while staying in compliance with the state’s mass gathering restrictions.
The upcoming run of shows is being branded as the “Conclave” concert series, which launches next month with a live-streamed concert from Rustic Overtones on June 5th, followed by similar performances from The Ghost of Paul Revere (June 6th), Murcielago (June 12th), Bell Systems (June 19th), The Mallett Brothers Band (June 26th), Angelikah & Just Plain Jones (July 3rd), and The Ballroom Thieves (July 10th).
The concert formats will be very similar to Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires‘ recent album release show at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, where there was no one in the audience or backstage/crew area and the entire event was streamed online.
According to the venue’s announcement, all Conclave events will begin at 8 p.m. ET, and will feature multi-camera, pro audio footage from the performances happening at the Portland venue in real-time. Each performance will stream free of charge to the State Theatre’s Facebook page, although viewers will be encouraged to donate what money they can to each artist with a donation link that will be posted into the webcast.
“Only band members and the minimal production team needed will be allowed in the venue,” the announcement reads. “All production and camera operators are required to wear masks and maintain a minimum physical distance of 6-feet from each other.”
Read the entire announcement below, and head to the venue website for more information on the upcoming fanless concert series.
On 6/6, all five of us will be returning to @statetheatreME to play a live, pro-shot virtual show. While we wish we could play for you in person, we’re grateful to be able to get together again and play in a room that means so much to us. Tune in on Facebook next Sat at 8 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/uSQ8xo3CS4
— Ghost Of Paul Revere (@ghostpaulrevere) May 28, 2020