Quarantine Concerts at Tybee Post Theater reach thousands

ByBria Bolden|April 12, 2020 at 5:24 PM EDT - Updated April 12 at 11:52 PM

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) -Have you ever wanted to watch a live concert from home?

The health crisis has made some who work in the live entertainment business deal with canceled events or completely change the way they work.

Quarantine Concerts on Tybee Island is doing just that by giving local artists a chance to play their music and also give those at home a live concert to tune into.

The group started hosting live concerts at the Tybee Post Theater and putting them on different video platforms like Facebook Live a month ago.

Now, they have thousands of viewers each weekend. Gaster says they began streaming the concerts about a month ago. Almost 50,000 people have tuned in to watch.

Executive Producer Michael Gaster says the series is not only giving local musicians a place to perform but it’s also giving those at home something to look forward to.

“This is giving them a stage to be creative and to play their music," said Gaster. "And giving the audience something a little different because it’s all very different right now, especially watching a concert from home.”

It’s a collaborative effort with different local media businesses like eThree Media who handles the video and Gaster’s own company who handles lighting and audio.

“It’s not a matter of what we’re getting paid to do," Gaster said. "We all love our craft and we love being able to provide an outlet for artists and some comfort to those who are at home.”

But at the end of the day, Gaster says he’s just happy he gets to be apart of something that puts a smile on someone else’s face during this time.

“The events and even afterwards, the messages we get from the viewers of appreciation is like we’re doing the right thing here," Gaster said. "This feels good.”

The live concerts are free, but the group is selling “tickets” and using Venmo if viewers want to contribute to them.

The next concert will be streamed on Wednesday.

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