(WXIR-Rochester) As New York State's mandatory COVID-19 closures continue into a new week, many area musicians have lost their usual performance venues, but not their desire to strengthen community through performance.
At the same time, the closure of public schools and loss of employment has left non-profits like FoodlinkNY, the food bank for the greater Rochester area, stretched thin trying to get meals to struggling families.
For Rochester-based singer-songwriter Sam Kaiser, it's a "two-plus-two-equals-four moment": bring together local musicians to play a virtual benefit concert to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
Kaiser will be hosting the live-streamed concert Wednesday April 1st on his Instagram. All the proceeds will go to Foodlink. Sam Kaiser and the Wilderness Party will be joined by Sarah Eide, Alex Fortier, Head to the Roots, Siena Facciolo and others, beginning at 8pm.
WXIR's Darien Lamen recently spoke with Kaiser to find out more about the initiative, as well as how his music speaks to some of the issues at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis.