As you go through unprecedented times during COVID-19, music is a great way to stay positive and uplifted at home.
Live music is the heart and soul of Melbourne. Performers and music venues are taking a financial hit at the moment, as they do their bit to stop the spread of COVID-19. While your favourite music venues and bars in the City of Port Phillip are on a temporary hiatus, here are some music recommendations to get you through it.
What’s MEMO Music Hall listening to?
The usually big and bustling MEMO Music Hall in St Kilda is currently closed. However, you can support this venue and artists by tuning into their livestream concerts from home.
For around $12, you can tune in for some exclusive MEMO virtual concerts. The Black Sorrows and Kate Ceberano were the first cabs off the rank for this at-home concert experience, followed by Renee Geyer.
For Mother’s Day, you can tune into a special music theatre event: Here’s To The Ladies. Thanks to the ample size of MEMO Music Hall, musicians can follow physical distancing measures while they perform on stage.
MEMO’s venue manager, Simon Myers, is listening to Sunshine and the Disco Faith Choir, Horns of Leroy and Bob Dylan, ahead of their upcoming livestreams. Although, he jokes that you probably don’t want to listen to too much Bob Dylan if you’re looking for a mood-booster.
Simon’s also listening to plenty of classics, such as David Bowie. For an oldie that’s a little left of centre, Lowell George’s album, Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here is a goodie.
You can check out MEMO Music Hall’s livestream line-up and buy your tickets online.
What’s Dogs Bar listening to?
Gavan Breen, owner and music booker from St Kilda’s Dogs Bar is loving local MEMO’s livestream music sessions. He’s also tuned into Tim Rogers’ lounge room sessions – which were fantastic – as well as Nina Ferro, Van Walker and Max Sheppard.
“They’re all putting great stuff up. It kinda keeps you in touch.”
Beyond the live streaming, it’s classics all the way for Dogs Bar, including:
- The Rolling Stones
- David Bowie
- (Original) Fleetwood Mac
- Chris Rea.
Get your music from home
In the midst of a global pandemic, at least there’s Netflix and Spotify. South Melbourne Market vendor, TheSuperCool, has a couple of groovy Spotify playlists worth giving a listen to, such as:
- Latin Chillax – which will transport you to the beaches of Rio De Janerio, and
- Yo Mama – Grooves for TheSuperCool Mamasita.
Scour Spotify’s quarantine playlists for more beats to keep you bopping along from home and find music that sparks joy.
The ABC’s Double J has also compiled a great lineup of artists who are making the digital jump, to broadcast live music for you to enjoy from your home.
You can also check out Love My Place – a dedicated site of those open for business (who need your support) in the City of Port Phillip.
Visit our Explore Port Phillip blog page for more things to do from home.