Pennsylvanian musician finds new audience online during pandemic

A Pennsylvania musician has found a new way to perform during the coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic silenced much of the world, including Matt Miskie. He usually does about 200 gigs a year throughout the Keystone State.”All of my vendors started calling up and canceling,” Miskie said.But he found a new audience online.It started in March as a tribute to a favorite artist, John Prine.Miskie now performs daily concerts from his basement in Cleona, Pennsylvania, which he jokingly calls the bunker.“This has really helped tremendously to help stay connected with people and share with them,” he said.Miskie plays a mix of what he calls old hippie music.While there is no audience for him to see, he is always scanning his phone to watch the comments on Facebook.Old friends and others from across the country have listened in.“It was just really a bright spot while I was home from teaching,” fan Cheri Keys said.Miskie said the concerts he calls “The Coffee Break” have helped him practice and build his repertoire, and his voice is ready as the world starts spinning again.Miskie has performed 120 online concerts. You can watch them on his Facebook page.

A Pennsylvania musician has found a new way to perform during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The pandemic silenced much of the world, including Matt Miskie. He usually does about 200 gigs a year throughout the Keystone State.

“All of my vendors started calling up and canceling,” Miskie said.

But he found a new audience online.

It started in March as a tribute to a favorite artist, John Prine.

Miskie now performs daily concerts from his basement in Cleona, Pennsylvania, which he jokingly calls the bunker.

“This has really helped tremendously to help stay connected with people and share with them,” he said.

Miskie plays a mix of what he calls old hippie music.

While there is no audience for him to see, he is always scanning his phone to watch the comments on Facebook.

Old friends and others from across the country have listened in.

“It was just really a bright spot while I was home from teaching,” fan Cheri Keys said.

Miskie said the concerts he calls “The Coffee Break” have helped him practice and build his repertoire, and his voice is ready as the world starts spinning again.

Miskie has performed 120 online concerts. You can watch them on his Facebook page.