Host Marla Davies explores the SoFa Music Festival - SIP - Shelter in Place Edition. The Music Festival/Street Fair held in April usually attracts between 3,000-5,000 people who travel to the South First Area of Downtown San Jose to listen to between 80-100 bands on more than 10 stages in a 2 block area. And living up to its name there's lots of sofas on the street to hang out on and enjoy the day's activities.

This year the event was virtual with some 20 channels instead of stages where over 100 bands performed from their own play space. The event lasted over 7 hours and brought in some 7,000 unique visitors. This virtual event was so successful that a smaller version has continued on Saturday Nights called #sofasaturdays.

I was so excited to be part of the festival doing both a 'Festival Nation' live podcast and hosting a hangout/vinyl party. Please excuse the quality of the Fil and Casey interviews. They were both from the live event and recorded on Zoom and played back for the podcast. Thanks for understanding. I always try to shoot for the best audio quality and even with the assistance of audio engineer extraordinaire Jerry Danielsen this is the best that we could get. I included the interviews because I felt the conversations were worthy.

If you'd like to check out the Sofa Music Festivals #sofasaturdays and schedule your night at #sched, I'll be doing another live podcast on May 16th at 6. Please look for my channel and join in the fun.


Barely Funktional - 'W.T.G.T' - NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2018

Casey Wickstron - 'Orange Grove' - NPR Tiny Desk Contest

Ren Geisick 'If You Can Take Him, You Can Have Him' - recorded for 'Festival Nation'

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We will get by, we will survive - Peace! Love, Marla