The town of Danville will be live streaming two concerts from the main stage of the Village Theatre on July 25 and Aug. 8, as the annual Music in the Park series goes virtual this summer.
With the shelter-in-place order and closure of live theater and public events, Danville was facing change. Despite the challenge of prohibition of in-person group interaction, town officials weren’t ready to throw in the towel, according to performing arts coordinator John Dunn.
“We decided that the best and safest way to still provide this service to our residents would be to hold the concert virtually through broadcasting and streaming,” he said. “This way residents can get together with their immediate families and loved ones, cook a great meal, sit back in a comfortable chair and enjoy an evening of music.”
Project 4 Band, a multi-genre band, will be performing in July at 6 p.m. The group performs funk, soul, pop, Latin and R&B. The band’s lead vocalist and founder Gerald Glasper emulates Rick James, James Brown, and Michael Jackson while the band’s female vocalist, Kami-Herron Chiles, has a voice reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight.
Maroon Vibes, a Maroon 5 cover band, is playing the Village Theatre in August. Besides covering Maroon 5, the band also specializes in post alternatives from the 2000s like Train and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Joe Urbano, the band’s frontman, can hit the ‘same recognizable falsetto’ as Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, according to Dunn.
Both bands are Bay Area locals and were chosen to show a variety of music for all residents. Each virtual concert will also run for 90 minutes with no intermission on Facebook Live and YouTube’s live stream.
While COVID-19 has halted all public events, it hasn’t stopped the viewing of live entertainment Dunn says. With applications like Zoom and other streaming services, families are still able to engage in community events.
Dunn stated that the overall goal of these concerts and other live events is to maintain a sense of community, even with the absence of in-person interactions.
“Having these tools available to us have allowed us to obtain some level of normalcy in our community," Dunn said. "While the concerts won’t be in person this year, it doesn’t mean our community has to be disconnected from one another."