If you’re ready to boogie down, consider Wednesday night booked.
This week, Peter “Chanman” Chandler and John “Johnny C-Note” Clark return to the Center for the Art for a livestream performance of old-time jazz, swing and classic pop songs, the first event of the arts center’s September schedule of music, art and storytelling.
Also on deck this month at the downtown venue are Hootenanny darlings Marmot Ate My Boots, another Mini Moth Stories event, the Agnes Bourne-curated exhibition “Sustain” and Dr. David Shlim speaking on compassion and medicine as part of the St. John’s Health’s “Art and Healing” series.
Chandler and Clark have played together for over a decade, ever since they bonded over their mutual love of music from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Chandler has played virtual concerts twice a week from his home, but this Center performance will be his and Clark’s first virtual concert.
The center has for the past several months adapted to the pandemic by offering musical performances livestreamed from its audience-less venue. Regional players get to take the center’s professional-grade stage to do what they do for a fully produced concert, complete with lights and sound and all the other trimmings, captured, broadcast and recorded by a multi-camera crew.
“It’s kind of just pretending,” Chandler said of the events. “Pretending people are paying attention, pretending that people are applauding afterward.”
Though such virtual concerts are not ideal, he said, he chooses to look at it positively: “You can’t let any negativity in there,” he said.
It has been tough for musicians to find work this summer, Chandler said. When they do, it’s usually a solo night. Chandler and Clark have mostly played restaurant decks and the Teton Pines.
“My role as a solo artist is to be an amenity,” he said. “I’m not gathering people as much as I’m trying to make the people who are already gathered have a better experience.”
Both musicians are looking forward to Wednesday night as a dip into uncharted performance waters. They will perform music by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller, George Gershwin and others, as well as an original song.
The virtual concert starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Catch the livestream performance at JHCenterForTheArts.org or on the Center’s Facebook page. ￼