By John Christensen

Earlier this week, the President extended the national social-distancing measures through the end of April. So here’s to another month without live music out in the venues we are used to. However, live music lives. Here are just a couple of events that would be taking place in local physical spaces but have now been moved to a virtual space.

Virtual First Friday at The Anchorage Museum

First Fridays have always been a gathering place for people. But, of course, with the social distancing measures in place at the municipal and state levels, the First Friday in the month of April will not be happening in its usual way. However, thanks to the Anchorage Museum, people will be able to get a taste of First Friday online.

This Friday, April 3rd, the Museum will be livestreaming the first home-studio session in their series, “Listen Up: Northern Soundscapes”. This session features Anchorage’s own Matthew Burtner. Throughout the month of April, more musicians will be performing their own soundscapes, from their own homes. To tune in (and learn more as more events in this series come out), find the Anchorage Museum on social media. For more information about other social-distancing live-streams from The Museum, sign up for the Museum’s E-news at,, or continue to follow this column for more information as other events arise.

Quarantine Playhouse Virtual Open Mic “Alaskan Style” (Ep. 2)

Since you can’t go out for a good time on Friday nights in April, why not just stay in instead?

While many fans mourn the casualty of established shows at venues, in the face of COVID-19, many local performers have begun to miss Open Mic nights too. Here steps in The Quarantine Playhouse. Established by musician Mark Williams and comedian Sabrina Spears, The Quarantine Playhouse is in its second week, after their first show where, they “hoped for 25 views and as of (Monday afternoon), have had over 2,000”, took to roaring success. Tune in to the Quarantine Playhouse’ Facebook Page this Friday, April 3rd, at 7pm AKT, for another fun night local comedy and music.

And more!

While I try to do my due diligence to cover as many local events as possible, some inevitably will be missed. Don’t forget to do your own searching. Check out the websites and social media accounts of any of your favorite local artists. We are all in this together. Stay inside, take care of yourself and your loved ones. The more diligently we do that now, (hopefully) the sooner we can all be back out there together.

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