The continued rise of small concerts

When asked what she is most looking forward to as society begins to open up, Aleks, 28 from Virginia, told Cassandra, “concerts!!” She explains that pre-pandemic, this is an activity she “used to go to weekly.” While we eagerly wait for festivals like Coachella to come back in 2022, and gear up for EDC and The Governors Ball to welcome back fans later this year, a new kind of outdoor music experience is taking center stage. Community launched and socially distanced, these intimate, IRL shows are sure to get some moves going. So put on your dancing shoes–and masks!


Brooklyn-based Tiny Crowds is throwing a series of outdoor street concerts showcasing local DJs. Sanctioned by the NYC Open Culture program which aims to bring artists back to work, Tiny Crowd limits their events to 50 tickets, pods are assigned to groups of friends, and all concertgoers must follow covid mask guidelines. With local food, drinks, and art sold nearby, Tiny Crowds supports the community, provides gigs for local artists, and a sense of normalcy many have been missing. Concertgoers can start practicing their socially distanced dancing for the next show on May 15th.


Forget about leaving your home to enjoy live music, YardWork Concerts is sending Jazz bands on a “tour” to fans' very own backyards. Run by Jazz Kitchen Productions, a non-profit organization focused on supporting jazz musicians and keeping the local jazz scene alive; fans can book their backyard concert till late June, with many dates already sold out. As music fans determine the new standard for live music, these at-home music experiences may become an even more significant part of the future of live music events.


Sidewalk Serenades is bringing concerts to your home without even stepping inside! Providing 20 to 30-minute shows at your doorstep; these personalized serenades will even play at apartments, recommending musicians with horns or trios for good projection. Arranged by Creative Alliance, an organization on a mission to support local artists and advocating for cultural expression, these alternative live music events are a fun way for fans to enjoy their favorite artists. Serenades can be booked every weekend this month in the Baltimore area, with fans already jumping for tickets as many artists are already sold out!