June 4, 2021

COVID-19 Has Changed The Music Industry and We’re Stronger Than Ever

The coronavirus has transformed many industries, causing them to adapt to the changing landscape. Prior to the virus, the music industry was on the rise with strong revenues. However, as March 2020 rolled in, the music industry took a hit, with streaming numbers crashing and live music being put to a halt. 

But it’s 2021, and live music is back! At River Street Jazz Cafe, we have a lineup of acts coming including:

  • Clarence Spady Band on June 12
  • Lifer With Special Guest University Drive, June 18
  • Smith, Mazer, Luquet, Driscoll: “Two Sets Of Thoughtful Instrumental Music,” June 19

And you can check out our full line-up of acts, here.

While we’re ready to bring back live music, we want to share the ways COVID-19 has changed the music industry!

#1. Streaming Will Become More Artist Friendly

We all remember the Taylor Swift Apple Music drama. While streaming services have since made strides to be more friendly towards artists, COVID-19 has really pushed this to the next level.

With more artists leaving platforms that follow static models of revenue, the competitors have realized that changes must be made.

#2. Interaction Between Artists and Fans

While music festivals are slowly returning and live concerts are adapting to changing social distancing guidelines, fans and artists alike worry that the experience will change. While venues are reopening at max capacity and masks are only needed for those who are not fully vaccinated, live entertainment lovers are still wondering what will happen.

However, more than a year out from the pandemic’s start, we know that things will return. 

#3. The Local Music Scene Will Thrive!

We get it, many people are reluctant to enter large venues which is why we can see that the local music scene will thrive! From shows at the River Street Jazz Cafe to local artists spreading into new sectors, the tide has changed and all for the better.


We’ve missed spending evenings with our friends and music lovers so we’re so excited to announce we are back with our first show on June 12.

The Clarence Spady Band will be performing and reopening the River Street Jazz Cafe. The show will also mark the CD release of Clarence Spady Band’s album titled “Surrender.” Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show kicking off at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available for purchase at the door. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend.