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Why Bonnie, a band who preformed in the first installment of Baby’s All Right’s digital concert series. Photo by Pooneh Ghana Baby’s night
Williamsburg nightclub launches online concert series
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BY BEN VERDE
Williamsburg nightclub Baby’s
All Right is going digital, the venue
announced March 31.
To support its out-of-work staff
while the brick and mortar performance
space is shut down, the Broadway
haunt will host a series of online
concerts featuring both big-name
and up-and-coming indie rockers.
Best of all, fans can access the series
for just fi ve bucks, but with the option
to donate more.
“Baby’s All Right is and forever
will be about creating a community
and a space for artists and fans to
come together in love and unity,” the
venue said in a statement on Instagram.
“It’s a mission that could never
be accomplished without our dedicated
and loving staff, all of whom
are now very suddenly out of work.”
The shows will be live-streamed
from the artist’s homes or a space of
their choosing, and fans will have
the chance to interact with performers
through by messaging them and
requesting songs. Proceeds will go
to Baby’s staff, the artists, and Make
The Road New York, a grassroots advocacy
Slowcore outfi t Peaer kicked off
the fi rst night of performances on
April 1, alongside “bedroom pop”
band Why Bonnie. Future acts will
include Locate S,1, Jotay, and Cam
Tony (Mac DeMarco).
Prior to the show, Peter Katz of Peaer
said he was approaching the livestream
as any other solo, intimate
show, which he streamed from the
comfort of his own home.
Katz says the virtual set provides
him the opportunity to play around
with new material and takes off some
of the pressure that usually goes
along with performing before an audience
of warm bodies.
“Some of the pressure is alleviated,”
Katz said. “You can feel more
comfortable taking more chances. If
you mess up, there’s no fourth wall.”
And, Katz said, asking folks to log
on to a live-stream is easier than asking
them to schlep out to Bushwick
for a show, which alleviates some of
the pressure for drawing an audience.
“It’s not like we’re asking people
to go out of their way to see us,” Katz
said. “It’s kind of like, tune in if you
Baby TV, letswatchbabytv.online.
April 1-4 at 8 pm, $5