These days we’re all spending a lot more time on our couch, looking for things to do. Well, at least I am. I miss going out and seeing bands, especially getting to see some of the more filk and geeky variety of bands found at conventions and smaller venues. On the plus side, a lot of conventions have been helping us out and going virtual, with a good amount of programming dedicated to filk and geeky music, providing at least online concert content to help folks like me out.
We of course have Dragon Con Goes Virtual, happening Sept 4-7, 2020. The Filk Music Track will be providing a mixture of live and pre-recorded concerts for you to get your geek on (full disclosure: I’m the Track Director over there). Another recent convention to move online is Philcon, happening in November, and while it’s still too early to see exactly what filk programming they’ll be having, they will be having filk programming.
Along with conventions going online, there are other things being planned for filk and other geeky music, like Festival of the Living Rooms, an every-other-month online Zoom festival of concerts, music, and filk, and they’re currently scheduling their show for September. I highly recommend checking out Festival of the Living Rooms if you get a chance, as they have great filk circles along with great concerts.
If you’re looking for more concerts, Online Concert Thing also has a great selection of Geeky artists to watch. Heather Dale, S.J. Tucker, and many others will soothe your filky and geeky needs with online concerts.
While we wait to hear more as this year progresses on which conventions are going online, and more virtual filk celebrations happen, let me know in the comments if you see anything! Filk is all about community, and in these times, the community comes through for you.
I’ll leave y’all with this – whenever you do watch a performer online, try and give them a tip if they have a virtual tip-jar available, please. Like so many other industries, musicians have been hit hard this year, and every little bit helps. Like I said above, Filk is about the Community.