Quarantine Happy Hour: Visual Aesthetics and Presentation of Self in a Virtual Concert Series

Micah J. Ling (Indiana University)

In April of 2020, the Quarantine Happy Hour Facebook group was formed to assist traditional musicians who found themselves losing income due to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a digital performance venue. By May of 2021, the group reached a staggering 19,788 members and has hosted hundreds of concerts. While musical appreciation and support are key functions of the series, there is much to be learned through visual analysis of the presentations of self of the performers and their home “stages.” This paper explores the interplay between community aesthetics and individual expression in digital performances of traditional musicians.

Part of 36-03 Living and Working Online, Wednesday, October 20, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm