Social Closeness

MANSFIELD -- It could be easy to forget how artistic the Mansfield community is while being holed up during the coronavirus.

Aurielo Diaz, owner of the performance venue La Luna, has come up with a way to remind people of the local music scene and help them escape from the worries or stress they may be feeling while closed off from the world.

"Everyone is all locked in, and this is something we thought could be a good idea for musicians," Diaz said. "I think it's really important. Even if you're not a musician, people don't want to watch the same television programs."

Each Sunday during the COVID-19 scare, La Luna will be broadcasting live streams of three musicians for those looking for an escape, he said. The concerts are called "The Social Closeness." 

The live streams can be found on La Luna's Facebook page and instagram account. The live streams are scheduled at 7 p.m.

"It is important because we are in a strange situation, and some of my most fond memories are of shows at La Luna," said Marshal Elgin, who is scheduled to play Sunday. "Aurelio trying to emulate that experience as much as possible, stage lights and all, and sharing it with people that are stuck in unfamiliar situations may help everyone feel a little more at home."

Others performing will be Chico's Brother and his electoharp and Morris the Florist, a hip-hop artist.

"It's really nice to have the opportunity to be apart of this," said Morris the Florist. "I can't wait to show people who haven't heard what I have to offer."

Each artist will be a solo act with no live audience, Diaz said, in order to lessen the number of bodies in one place.

"The audience will be on the live streams," he said.

Sharing music virtually is not a new phenomena, Diaz added, noting friends sharing Facebook live videos of themselves performing.

"We've seen others in Italy spreading music from their balconies, and music being spread in other ways around the world. I think it's important that we continue to share joy in these uncertain moments.

"I think it's a good escape from the chaos," he said. "We'll see. I think in this situation, it could really capture new people who have never been to a La Luna show. We may get people from all walks of life."

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.