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Our opinion: Gathering for the bands

Kudos to a group of musicians who organized a free concert in Warren over the weekend.

Band Aid Warren 2020 was born out of local band Tune In Tokyo’s cancellation of most 2020 shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With few indoor venues allowed to host live music, the musicians created a festival they wanted to be socially responsible while meeting COVI-19 prevention guidelines.

Band donated their time simply to have a way to be performing their music in front of people again.

Music in the Park has been held most of the summer on Friday nights in Soldiers & Sailors Park, but there are more bands locally than available slots in the weekly music series.

Hence, Band Aid, which gives more bands an opportunity to play even if it’s only or one day. Much like Music in the Park, Band Aid Warren seems to have gone off without a hitch.

For one Sunday afternoon, things for music lovers were as normal as they can be if you’re listening to a band while wearing masks and social distancing.

Events like this are an important reminder of the importance of the arts, regardless of whether you’re looking at it from the perspective of the artist or audience members.

Regardless of state government’s reopening phases, the fact that Band Aid Warren was necessary in the first place is a sign that we have a long way to go before we achieve any sense of normalcy again.

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