The Bluebird Cafe is hosting a year-long streaming series with a variety of songwriters in 2021 to help raise funds for Alive Hospice. For the past 28 years the Bluebird has partnered in January with Alive Hospice to help raise funds for the organization, and revenue from a month’s worth of shows donated by the songwriters performing has provided a significant portion of the nonprofit hospice’s annual budget over the years.
COVID-19 has forced longtime friends and partners to re-imagine the annual fundraiser due to the tiny venue’s continued closure and lack of opportunity for social distancing. The shows this year will be live streamed from the cafe via StageIt, and the Bluebird has forged a new partnership with Green Door Gourmet as well to ensure that the show will go on. Green Door Gourmet will partner with Alive for a series of fundraisers at their 350-acre farm including concerts and invitation-only tastings.
This year’s “Alive at The Bluebird” series will consist of fifteen live streamed shows from The Bluebird over the course of the year. Shows will stream every Thursday at 7:30 PM Central in January (January 7, 14, 21, and 28), and the first Thursday of each month thereafter. Alive at The Bluebird’s 2021 lineup features new and returning performers including:
● January 7: Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Jim Photoglo
● January 14: Marc Beeson, Lucie Silvas & friends
● January 21: Erin Enderlin, Kendell Marvel, Waylon Payne
● January 28: JT Harding & friends
● February 4: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & friends
Tickets will cost $20 and attendance will be limited. Starting in February, The Bluebird will continue to donate proceeds from one show per month to Alive. Audience members will be able to send applause, donations, requests, and messages to the performers via SategeIt’s live chat feature.
“Over the past 28 years, Alive at The Bluebird has become a joyful reunion where old friends reconnect, and new members of the community are welcomed into the circle. This year’s event will embody that same spirit,” said Kimberly Goessele, Alive’s President/CEO.
“This year forced all of us to think more about what really matters and find creative ways to sustain our work. When it came time to start planning Alive at The Bluebird, we knew we couldn’t let uncertainty overshadow a beautiful tradition that means so much to our community,” said Erika Wollam Nichols, President/GM of the Bluebird Cafe.
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