My husband and I love live music. Before we had children, we had the freedom to go to most shows we wanted as long as we had the money and the time. Since we had children, we are luckier than many other parents because we attend about one live concert per month and a couple of weekend events per year. Due to the cost of babysitters, we choose which shows we go to very carefully. Fortunately, we recently found a way to enjoy live music more frequently without having to worry about who will watch our babies.
We happily discovered what many people call, “Couch Tour.” Many music festivals and artists stream their performances on the internet while promoting these virtual concerts on social media. There is also a, “Couch Tour” Facebook page, which posts what shows will be available for live streaming later in the day. From my quick research on the internet, there appears to be a great variety of music available for live internet streaming.
We decided to give “Couch Tour” a try for New Year’s Eve. We wanted to find a show within our time zone because we wanted to celebrate the New Year with everyone at the concert. After careful deliberation, we decided to stream the Phil Lesh with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead concert from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. This show was the perfect choice because my children enjoy Grateful Dead music. When my son was 3 years old, he was able to tell if Bobby Weir or Jerry Garcia was leading the song.
For $25.00, we purchased our access to the online concert and a digital audio recording of it. Considering tickets were over $100 and the show sold out, we felt this was a great deal. We also added to the evening by making filet mignon and lobster tails for dinner.
The show started after 8:00 p.m. and our family was ready. I dug out my lava lamp from the basement along with the flashing light mirror I like to stare at while on the treadmill. We then cleared our living room floor for dance and hula-hoop space. As the music started, we noticed the high-quality sound and vivid picture on the screen. It almost felt as if we were at the show as they had many camera angles of the stage and shots of people in the crowd. In addition, one of our best friends was at this show and it was fun chatting with him during set breaks.
My children had a blast. My son made a fort on the couch. Both children danced while they played with their glow toys. As the first set came to a close at 10:00 p.m., we noticed our children started to fade. As we tucked our kids into bed and wished them a happy new year, they thanked us for everything that evening. It was so incredible watching the joy in their faces as we shared this child-friendly version of a live concert with them. I can honestly say we all had a great time and their behavior was perfect.
In addition to the concert tickets, we also saved money on gas, a hotel room, food, beverages, and a babysitter. Other advantages included a counter to put our drinks on, clean bathrooms with no lines, and ample space to move around. When we can’t leave the house, live music streaming is a great way to minimize FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT) while we create awesome memories with our children.
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