BARNEVELD — From May 9 through July 11, Unity Hall presented a successful Free Virtual Concert Series in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. More than 10,000 viewers nationwide (and some from overseas) tuned in to the 10-week series.
Now on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., featured musicians from the series will each donate a new song for Unity Hall’s free “Pay It Forward” concert. The concert is a thank you to the Hall for giving them the opportunity to perform and for the financial support the Hall provided them.
The concert can be viewed at www.unityhall.com and will be available for the following week.
The “Pay It Forward” virtual concert will feature: Ryan Quinn, semi-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”; Nick Piccininni, lightening-fast bluegrass instrumentalist; The Cadleys, acoustic country duo; Joe Crookston, nationally touring singer/songwriter; the Burns & Kristy Trio, award-winning performers with impressive harmonies and great guitar work; Monk Rowe, local legend jazz and rock pianist/saxophonist; Nook ‘n’ Crannie, stunning female vocalist and fancy finger-picking guitar; and E.E. Norris, acoustic guitar stylist and singer/songwriter.
“This year, for the first time in the Hall’s 125-year history, a pandemic shuttered our doors. Yet we were determined to continue providing cultural benefits to our community,” says Unity Hall Board President Carole Hameline.
Equal to providing musical entertainment for the local community and around the country, the mission of the virtual series is to provide income to local musicians. Not only have they lost performing venues in which to play but many have lost their entire livelihood as a result of the global pandemic.
The Aug. 1 concert is free, but the hope is that viewers will donate generously via the “virtual tip jar.” Unity Hall’s Music Director, Matt Mielnick notes, “Proudly, throughout the spring/summer virtual series we were able to pay the musicians their usual fees. We provided critical dollars to the performers thanks to a grant from CNY Arts and via our ‘virtual tip jar.’ The Aug. 1 “Pay It Forward” Concert is not about raising money for Unity Hall, it’s to raise funds to continue to pay artists for our upcoming fall series.”