Locals kick off live-stream concert project

Moe’s Music and Mc2 team up to keep local live music thriving

Locals kick off live-stream concert projectBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

Those who are self quarantining or practicing some social distancing can still enjoy live, local music this Saturday, March 21, by tuning in to a live-stream performance by local band “Dropkick Boomer,” presented on the Moe’s Music stage in association with local live event production company Mc2.

The time and online medium for viewing are still up in the air, but interested persons are asked to stay tuned to the Mc2 Facebook page (facebook.com/mccoyandmcentee) for the when and the digital where.

March 21 was originally scheduled to be a monthly “Jam Night” at Moe’s, where local bands and performers can come and jam together in an intimate setting with fellow music-lovers (and often complimentary snacks). But Moe’s has had to cancel its public events for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 concerns.

Additionally, Mark McCoy and Scott McEntee (the two “Mc”s of Mc2) had eight weeks of gigs booked back-to-back, all of which have also been cancelled or postponed.

“We’ve been talking about doing the streaming thing for a while now, so when everything started getting cancelled, Mark just said ‘we’ve got to do this now,’” said McEntee.

“We’re going to go in and build a stage – full lights, full sound, full production. The only thing we’ll be missing is the audience,” he added. “We’re going to roll in everything we own to make sure the audience on the internet gets the full experience.”

Mc2 calls itself “the highest quality live sound reinforcement in the desert,” and they just might have the credentials to match.

The two partners have made huge investments in top-tier audio, video and light and other stage equipment and are responsible for running IWV Concert Association performances, the IWV Economic Outlook conference, the Kern River Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival, the Ridgecrest Music Festival and more.

While there are currently no plans in place to sell tickets, the parties plan on establishing a method for viewers to donate or otherwise contribute to the project.

“We’re trying to raise money to make up for our losses,” said McEntee. “But if we don’t, then we don’t – we still want to provide live entertainment for the community.”

McEntee added that he especially wants to make sure Moe’s stays afloat throughout this period of social distancing. “They have done so great by out community with putting on shows and everything else they do – we just want to make sure they stay open.”

Moe’s Co-owner Ashley Jones said the concert would be a “proof of concept,” with hopes to have more shows with regularity in the near future – potentially every Friday and Saturday evening and on Sunday afternoons.

Story First Published: 2020-03-20