Isaac Hayden

Singer-songwriter Isaac Hayden starts an October worth of events at the Center for the Arts with a livestream concert Friday.

Though the Center for the Arts stage has been quiet the past few months (thanks, coronavirus!), this week one singer-songwriter will bring a full-show vibe from the downtown facility’s main stage with a livestreamed concert Friday.

Isaac Hayden, a resident of Jackson since 1994, brings his signature acoustic and folk styles to the stage, complete with a professional sound system and lighting.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done a livestream before,” he said. “I’m going to perform some of my original music, and play some of the new songs I’ve been working on.”

Many of those songs Hayden has never played live.

People can tune in to the concert at 5 p.m. Friday on Facebook.com/TheCenterJH.

The Center for the Arts is putting together a calendar for October, and is kicking it off with Hayden. Marty Camino, executive director, said he is looking at having hybrid shows in the theater this fall, with a limited live audience and a livestream option.

“We’ve all experienced isolation in recent months, so having the means to connect with each other through art is more impactful than ever,” he said.

Hayden, who has spent time in Nashville honing his craft, said people need a way to connect during this time of social distancing. Livestream concerts are a good way to do that.

“I’m excited that people can enjoy it from their own comfort zone, in their safe space,” he said. “It may be a little less pressure. Maybe more.”

Camino and Hayden said the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for human connection.

“Music has always been such a community experience for me,” Hayden said. He hopes the new format will continue in that spirit. 

Contact Whitney Royster via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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