By Kevin Beaty, Denverite | Lucy Kiefer is 14 and loves Wildermiss, the local pop-rock quartet. She and her dad, Bruce, went to see them play the Bluebird recently for an album release show. Sharing music is one way her dad like to keeps her close.
So when Kiefer saw on Instagram that the band would come play a show outside her Virginia Village home, she thought to herself: “Oh my God!”
She sent the sign-up form to her dad, who payed for two live songs at $50 apiece. A flatbed trailer, with a drum set and guitar pedals drilled into the wood, pulled up at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The members of Wildermiss jumped out of a following van and quickly set up shop in the street. It was perfect timing. Kiefer was still telecommuting to school, but she was on a break until class resumed at 2:30.
“This is a moment in history right now,” singer Emma Cole said at the mic. Then, they shredded.
One of Kiefer’s friends arrived to watch with her. Neighbors appeared on the sidewalk and watched the spectacle.
“That was super-awesome,” Kiefer said when her personalized concert ended. It helped break the boredom that’s set in with social isolation.
Then, Wildermiss packed up and quickly shuffled the show to their next location. In all, they planned to cover 13 locations around the metro.
Cole said the band thought of the mobile concert idea, but she gave most credit to the band’s manager, Nate Meese. It was an occasion to celebrate a new single and to engage their fans in an interesting way, but it was also an effort to keep their livelihood going during the pandemic. They had a summer of tour stops scheduled before COVID-19 changed everything.
“We’ve had to cancel 30 shows,” Meese said. “Everyone’s having a really hard time.”
Most industries that rely on disposable income and public gatherings are bracing for a tough summer, regardless of government restrictions that have begun to ease. …
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Wildermiss’ website: http://www.wildermiss.com