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We were glad to see area bands and their fans get together recently for live performances at the River City Music Revival.

The second event was limited to 225 tickets, compared to 600 attendees last year. Still, it was live music — something we haven't seen much of in the past year.

Four bands played (Shiloh, the Dave Baker Band, Blues Deville and SoulRoot) at the nearly eight-hour show at Capital Bluffs Event Center, 1616 Oilwell Road.

As we recently reported, Bradley Schulte attended for the second year, saying a lot of talented musicians haven't been able to play as much due to the pandemic. For fans, it's been harder to find live shows.

"It's a community," Schulte said of the local music scene.

Dave Baker, of the Dave Baker Band, said it was great to get back out, even if it was in a limited capacity. Baker said the past year was difficult for everyone, and musicians are no different. Much of the pandemic has had everyone focused on trying to keep their heads above water, so it's nice to get back to some semblance of what was once normal, he said.

With spring here and with more and more people being vaccinated, we're eager to get back to normal. That includes watching live shows.

Music has always been a part of our lives and a part of our community. Going mostly without it over the past year is just one thing that made 2020 a dumpster fire of a year.

What's worse is that we have numerous area musicians who rely on live music performances for either full- or part-time income.

So, as we come out of this pandemic, we urge you to support live music. Get your shots. Mask up. Social distance. Wash your hands. But support live music. Let's get back to enjoying music and enjoying each other.

That, in turn, will get musicians back to being paid and doing what they love.

News Tribune

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