It takes more than just talent to survive in today's ever-changing music industry. In a time of declining physical record sales, and now a pandemic, musicians must be creative with their output to stay afloat. Many players have turned to live stream performances as a means to play for their fans. Kelli Jones and Tiffany Lamson are two Lafayette artists that remain innovative and relevant in this new Louisiana streaming scene.
Feufollet fiddler and singer Kelli Jones has kept up with the quick summer detour brought on by the coronavirus. In April, Jones released a 19-day long stream series of internet collaborative cover tunes called Covered-19. The singer/songwriter also performed regularly with her acoustic Cajun supergroup, T'Monde, as well as on her own. Her next project would be to team up with Lamson and take the show on the road.
Collaborating and gigging with various artists at any given time isn't anything new for Tiffany Lamson. Aside from co-fronting and juggling instruments with Givers, Lamson is a well sought after studio musician. She recently worked as musical director for electro/punk icon Peaches in Germany and did a stint on keyboards with LCD Soundsystem for a tour of Japan. At the beginning of the COVID lockdown, her and New Orleans guitar ace Russel Welch released a puppet variety show series entitled The Rusty and Fanny Show. After the first season ended, Lamson continued to perform virtually with other acclaimed local musicians such as Anders Osborne.
Double Dare is the latest project from Kelli Jones and Tiffany Lamson. The two decided to combine a vacation with a virtual tour, and swiftly constructed a setlist of their original material and reimagined classics. Their southwest tour will wrap up Monday evening with a stripped-down concert shot in Aspen, Colorado.
Plans to record in this new unit are in the works as both artists finish last touches on their solo debuts. For now, I'll be featuring an eclectic mixtape of past work from the members of Double Dare. You'll hear Kelli on Feufollet's latest single, "Going Fast," "When You Said Goodbye," from 2015's Two Universes, and with Megan Brown on "La fille est triste et désolé." Several tracks from each Givers album featuring Tiffany Lamson are included as well as a couple of live recordings with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from Carnegie Hall. I also added Lamson's lo-fi, electronic take on the traditional "Orphan Girl' alongside music from Corey Ledet, DG and the Freetown Sound, and the Rayo Brothers.
Live stream concerts and live music in Lafayette this week
Monday, September 21 at 5:00 pm
Double Dare Live from Aspen, Colorado
Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 pm
LVVRS (Live in-person and streaming)
Rock n' Bowl de Lafayette
Friday, September 25 at 6:00 pm
Virtual Downtown Alive! feat. DG and the Freetown Sound
Friday, September 25 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 pm