On Saturday, May 30th, over 70 artists and thousands of fans came together for Quarantine Comes Alive, a virtual music festival that raised over $150,000 for a slew of charities via the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The 15-hour live-stream marathon featured virtual performances and never-before-seen videos by an array of artists from around the world including members of Moon Taxi in guitarist/singer Trevor Terndrup and pianist/singer Wes Bailey, who delivered stripped-down performances of original tunes including “Good As Gold” and “Hometown Heroes”, along with a smooth, folky cover of Derek and the Dominos‘ classic rock anthem, “Layla”. The duo’s virtual performance from their home base of Nashville during the early evening portion of Quarantine Comes Alive following an interview with event host Ari Fink prior to their performance.
Throughout the 10 minute interview, Terndup and Bailey shared their thoughts with Fink on topics including what makes a hero (in relation to the song “Hometown Heroes”), the new hobbies (including wok cooking) that the two have picked up during all this time off from touring, gardening, and more.
Just as the full band did during the follow-up to QCA, Justice Comes Alive, a month later on June 28th, Terndrup and Bailey had no trouble bringing their rock songs down a few notches for acoustic renditions of the three songs. For their cover of “Layla”, the band slowed things down to match Eric Clapton‘s famous unplugged version, while Terndup’s subtle vocals helped to carry the song through to the end. Although the two didn’t perform the song’s beloved coda finale, they did make up for it with a closing take on the lively “Hometown Heroes” with an added bridge/chorus from “Whiskey Sunsets” for good measure.
Relive Moon Taxi’s interview and three-song performance from Quarantine Comes Alive below:
Moon Taxi – Interview With Ari Fink, Full Performance – Quarantine Comes Alive
Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Quarantine Comes Alive was conceived as a way to celebrate and support musicians, provide fans with unique musical experiences from the comfort of their couches, and raise money for comprehensive COVID-19 relief during this time of uncertainty. All funds raised from the donation-based event will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund, which works directly with leading non-profit organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, and Backline to provide aid where it’s needed most. For more information, head here.