Virtual Concerts


Verizon raises money for small businesses facing economic trouble. 

Jordan Ondo

As the nation adjusts to the new reality under self quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, numerous companies and artists have partnered to raise money and awareness for organizations. 


Venues and bars are locked down across the country, and concert tours have either been canceled or postponed. Singers are missing their fans and are finding new ways to entertain them from home. Companies like Verizon and Bud Light have partnered with music artists to create virtual concerts for fans at home. Some singers have even gone solo, entertaining fans without any sponsors. 


Senior Samantha Casolo explained how “virtual concerts are helping people stay sane because music is a good outlet for a lot of people during stressful times, and it’s especially helpful at a time like this where we have little contact with our family and friends.” 


Casolo emphasized the benefits of these virtual concerts and how “[they help] raise money for a good cause, so it’s a good idea.” 

“[They help] raise money for a good cause, so it’s a good idea.” 

— Senior Samantha Casolo

Country Singer Thomas Rhett partnered with Bud Light to create a virtual concert supporting the American Red Cross. The concert was called the “Dive Bar Tour Home Edition” and was streamed through Instagram and Facebook live on April 10th. In March, Dierks Bentley also performed on this home tour and acquired a great amount of awareness for the American Red Cross. 


For the past couple of weeks, multiple artists have also partnered with Verizon in efforts to support small businesses facing economic struggles. Every Tuesday and Thursday people can tune in to Verizon PayitForwardLIVE on Verizon’s Twitter, Yahoo, or Twitch pages to view that night’s live performance. Viewers at home can support small businesses by using the hashtag #PayitForwardLIVE. For each mention, Verizon will donate additional money to to support small businesses. 


Multiple artists have already gone live on Verizon’s pages including Luke Bryan, Alicia Keys, Ryan Tedder, and many more. Senior Olivia Vilcek emphasized her opinion on the concerts: “My favorite was Luke Bryan’s virtual concert because he played some of his best songs, as well as some new ones.” 


The coronavirus pandemic has left people unaware of how long they will be stuck in quarantine, but virtual concerts are giving people another reason to smile. Although virtual concerts are nothing like a live concert, they are still giving people something to look forward to and are allowing music artists to reach their fans.