If you’ve spent any time around Canalside, then chances are that you have come across guitarist and singer Dave Ruch. Dave specializes in performing at historic venues because many of his songs are about the places where he sings – the waterfront, the Erie Canal Terminus, etc. Now we all know that Canalside is just a tad slower in the winter than it is in the summer, which means that Dave would freeze his ‘tookus’ off performing at this time of year.
And that’s where the internet comes in. Dave will be playing live on ConcertWindow.com this Wednesday at 8pm. The venue? Your computer. The concert will not be recorded, meaning that it will not be aired at other any other dates/times. Just the same, this is a live concert featuring Dave and his penchant for performing acts that pay tribute to NY State’s “heritage” music and traditional musicians.
I figure that if we can all incessantly listen to music on Pandora and watch endless movies on Netflix, then there’s no reason that we should not be supporting our own local musical talent pools via live concerts on the internet. The deal is, pay what you want in order to stream the show ($1 minimum gets you a front row seat) – kinda like signing up to watch a live wresting bout without the need for a bottle of Advil.
Will this be the new wave of concert-watching? The website allows viewers/listeners the ability to make a song request in the chat room, and leave a tip for the musician if you like the show!
The online capabilities make it great for people who don’t have a chance to catch a lot of live music, and also gives the musician/band the ability to reach a larger audience and perform whenever they want.
Click here to set up the concert and stay tuned to see the show… and remember, laptop dancing is welcome.