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Local musician Gabe Thaine performing live shows online

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Just because you can’t go out, it doesn’t mean the music has to stop.

Gabe Thaine is performing live online twice a day. Photo by Richard Amery
 Quite the opposite, with everyone  being told to stay home and any gatherings of more than 50 people being effectively banned including the local live music venues to prevent the spread of the COVID virus, local musicians are performing their shows online.

And listening to music and supporting artistic pursuits is all the more important, if only to prevent going insane from cabin fever. George Arsene has been performing online as has Keenan Pezderic, however local musician Gabe Thaine (Gabriel Olsen)  has decided to perform two shows live online every day — a 45 minute long 2 p.m. show for kids and  an hour and 15 minute long show of his own material plus covers at 9 p.m. every night as well.

“I miss playing open mics and going out to see shows,” said Gabriel Olsen, whose live shows be seen on his Gabe Thaine Facebook page.
“ For the kids show I play songs by Raffi and Sharon Lois and Bram and some of my kids songs. The kids shows I was doing with the band were so much fun and now we can’t do them,” he said.

 “ Any my kids sit and watch and applaud,” said Olsen, who started doing the kids shows at the beginning if the week.
 He started performing his regular live  evening shows last week.

“ I’ll play some blues, some folk, some of my own songs and covers. Sometimes there will be themes. Yesterday, I was playing all local  music including songs by Chris Drew, Shaela Miller and Steve Foord,” he said adding it is important to play at a consistent time.

“It’s been tough, but I want it to be like a channel  where you can tune in at a specific time and listen,” he said.
“ I’m trying to build a following. I’m my own publicist. I want to do some crowd funding and you can’t do that without a crowd.
 There is no dust on Thaine, who recorded  a blues album  over a weekend a few weeks ago and will record a new  country album this weekend.
Catch Gabe Thaine on Facebook at 2 p.m. every day for his kids show and at 9 p.m. for his other show  through the Gabriel Thaine Facebook page.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:45 )  
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