Musicians bring concerts to streets of NYC during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 11:34 AM, Apr 15, 2020

Musicians in a New York borough put on an limited engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Band members from around New York City observed the appropriate social distance by arriving in their vehicles. The six-piece ensemble then performs for the nearby residents and passers-by.

A group of musicians organized Concerts From Cars to present a show in the neighborhoods of New York City.

They also have seen their gigs get canceled.

"One of the things I've been missing is making music with other people," said Nick Lyons after stepping down from his red car.

They started recently and hoped to appear at least once a week.

Dan Kurfirst, on drums, says they found a way to include musicians who don't have vehicles. "We drive to their place, and we play with them," he says.

They also take requests on their @ConcertsFromCars Instagram account .

Olga Morkova produces the project with Centerpoint Arts.

"It's hard to stay at home. We bring people some positive energy," Morkova said.

As the musicians played along Columbia Heights, people opened windows and clapped. Others danced in the street. They were reminded to maintain a safe social distance.

" That's the joy of music. We're together and play," said David Swelson on saxophone.

Andrew Drury was on percussion for the Tuesday performance at three Brooklyn spots. "For our well being and mental health, we need some stuff like this to kick in," he said.

WPIX's Greg Mocker first reported this story.