The Little is teaming with Rochester-area musicians and national recording artists to present Little Couch Concerts — a virtual fundraising event. The fundraising concert will stream from The Little's YouTube page (youtube.com/thelittletheatre) 7 p.m. Sunday, August 23, and feature musicians who have all previously performed at The Little Cafe and/or as part of The Little Concert Series. Donations can be made during the show, or at any time, at thelittle.org/donate. There will be additional Little Couch Concerts throughout the year.
Show two will feature: Hubby Jenkins, Empire Film and Media Ensemble (EFAME), Chandler Travis, Jessica Best, Maria Gillard, Annie Wells, Margaret Explosion, Passive Agressives Anonymous, Levi Gangi, Hanna PK with Aleks Dislenkovic, The PV Nunes Band, and Sam Nitsch with Tayler Nguyen.
The debut Little Couch Concert featured Joe Crookston, Debbie Kendrick, Paisley Fields, Connie Deming, Sarah Eide, Benny Bleu, Kinloch Nelson, Heather Taylor, Tyler Westcott, Tasty Parker, the Laura Dubin Duo, Bob Sneider with Andrew Williams, and Kristen Shiner McGuire with David McGuire.
Like many arts organizations and not-for-profits, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a sizable financial hit on The Little, which temporarily closed March 14. The Little has turned to virtual programming for films, music, and discussion during the 100-plus days of closure, and while that has helped audiences bring The Little Experience home, there are still financial obstacles to overcome. The Little Couch Concerts virtual fundraising event is a way to help close that gap while celebrating the reasons The Little has been a cultural landmark in Rochester for over 90 years.
The Little Couch Concerts are dedicated in loving memory to iconic Rochester journalist and film critic Jack Garner. He was slated to virtually host the event before his death on July 5. He was 75.
Updates on upcoming Little Couch Concerts will be provided at thelittle.org.