LAFAYETTE, La. — The Downtown Alive! Spring season may have been canceled due to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, but the show will go on with virtual concerts.
Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, the non-profit organizers of Downtown Alive!, announced on Wednesday that it will begin the new initiative this Friday in response to the ongoing coronavirus emergency.
According to a release from DLU, the project is called DTA! House Sessions and features a series of virtual Friday night concerts that will bring the music of local musicians into the homes of music lovers from across Acadiana.
The House Sessions will help to raise money for Downtown Alive! musicians and others who have lost out on income due to canceled gigs.
The first DTA! House Session will feature a live performance by Lane Mack this Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.
The performance will be broadcast via the Downtown Alive! Facebook page as a live video and will be shared on the Downtown Lafayette website and social media channels following the livestream.
Audience members will be encouraged to leave tips for Lane Mack & The Balladeers; purchase DTA! Merchandise where a portion of sales will go to local musicians; or donate to the Lost My Gig Fundraiser.
The concert series' presenting sponsor Evangeline Maid will also donate Evangeline Maid gear to the first three people who donate or tip during the live feed. In order to win, viewers must post an image verifying their contribution, and the first three to do so will receive an Evangeline Maid hat or T-shirt as a reward for their support of local musicians.
You can watch the virtual concert by visiting www.Facebook.com/DowntownAliveLFT.