The free shows have turned into a weekly neighborhood event.
When the local music scene came screeching to a halt in the beginning of the pandemic, local couple Alison Daniels and Nick Harper decided to take matters into their own hands. The couple reached out to their network of local musicians, who were no longer able to play gigs, and invited them to perform right from their front porch!
The couple, who lives on West Granada Road in Central Phoenix, calls their venue 528 Live. And the event has certainly attracted the attention of the community since it began. A couple of bands quickly turned into a couple more, attracting artists like Kim Weston and The Jazz Boys, Blaine Long and even Misty Boyce.
528 Live hosts socially distanced outdoor concerts every Saturday at 5pm, attracting up to 100 local audience members who come with blankets, chairs and plenty of snacks. The whole operation is an awesome example of community, providing local artists with a safe platform to showcase their chops, and the neighborhood with the amazing live music they’ve been missing. Some local businesses have even pitched in to show their support for a few shows, like Little O’s and Bad Bootch, who have on occasion provided drinks for the crowd.
The concerts are totally donation-based, and the couple has set up a Venmo account so that people can send their support to the bands.
528 Live currently has shows scheduled for the entire month of February, featuring Blaine Long on February 6, Brian Chartrand on February 13, Misty Boyce on February 20 and Kim Weston on February 27. Be sure to check out 528 Live’s Facebook page for updates and more information.
When: every Saturday at 5pm
Where: 528 W Granada Rd
[Featured image: Facebook/528 Live]