Just because we have been under orders to stay at home doesn’t mean we haven’t been entertained. Who needs Netflix or Hulu when the Bainbridge arts and entertainment community has filled our airwaves with creative, uplifting content.
BAINBRIDGE STAY AT HOME PODCAST
Bainbridge Performing Arts launched its Bainbridge Stay at Home Podcast, live streamed weekly from BPA’s Facebook page on Tuesday evenings. The weekly podcast is made possible with cooperation from Bainbridge Community Broadcasting. in partnership with Bainbridge Prepares and the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN). BPA is supported in part by Bainbridge Community Foundation, Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware, Bainbridge Island Magazine, the City of Bainbridge Island, One Call for All and Town & Country Markets.
In Episode 1, “Turning the Dial,” we heard Dr. Bhama Roget dispense terrible advice, saw what happened when eligible bachelor Mr. Inslee visited the ladies of Bunchington Park, enjoyed a song from Alex Fermanis, and heard safety tips from Bainbridge Prepares.
The featured musical guest was Noah Byrd, a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who lives in Seattle. His voice has been compared to Elliot Smith and Bradley Nowell. Tune into his music here.
On Friday, May 15, international singer, actress and philanthropist— and islander—Stephanie Reese gathered a star-studded ensemble of international musicians to live broadcast an inspiring Stephanie and Friends concert in cooperation with Arts & Humanities Bainbridge. Even before the COVID-19 era changed everyone’s plans, development of the virtual performance was already in the works. “When the quarantine started and it was obvious that we would be living like this for some time, we saw the concert as a chance to create joy and inspiration and to create connectivity through art and music,” said Reese, who in addition to performing emceed the evening too.
Reese reached out to artist friends from around the globe with whom she’s toured and performed in musicals, concerts, shows and benefits. “I asked if they would be willing to donate a song to our community and they were more than happy to oblige!”
In addition to Reese, performers included Sean Ghazi, who appeared from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Juanita Harris from San Jose, California; John Florencio from Paris; Ricardo Tamura from Nurnberg, Germany; Eric Reed from Memphis, Tennessee; David Tobin from Hannover, Germany; Frankie Camacho from St. Louis, Missouri; and Eladio Pamaran from Manila, Philippines.
Reese said that the concert provided AHB the inspiration and motivation to utilize a new platform to reach the community. If you missed it, AHB will re-air the concert on June 5. Near the middle of June, look for a concert from local talent to celebrate AHB’s anniversary.
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