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Virtual liftoff: Launchpad streaming performances by local bands

Launchpad’s livestream series helps promote local musicians. (Courtesy of Launchpad)

Live-music venues still aren’t up and running.

With that in mind, Barney Lopez is working with a team of players in getting virtual shows in place for the Downtown institution.

“We’re trying to film local bands performing live,” Lopez says. “Then we are streaming the concerts on our Facebook page.”

Lopez says that the concept isn’t new but that he and the crew are doing it a different way.

A band will come in and perform on the Launchpad stage with no crowd and a limited crew.

It will be filmed by multiple cameras.

“Then our sound guy gets it and mixes it,” Lopez says. “He’ll keep the live feel to the sound. Then our video editor, Chris Walsh, will string it all together as a live show.”

On Friday, Aug. 14, a performance by Manhigh and The Ordinary Things will stream on Launchpad social media sites.

“We’re trying to make sure that the audience gets more of that feel of being at a live show,” Lopez says. “The video is captured by different angles. By editing, we can focus on the special moments of the concert. It’s visually pleasing. We are having to compete with YouTube and Netflix for people’s attention.”

One silver lining of the pandemic, Lopez says, is that the focus has been shifting to local artists.

During the video, there will also be an interview with some of the band members.

“We’re trying to chronicle the Albuquerque music scene,” Lopez says. “We want to show what each band has been doing during the time away from live performances.”

The series has already streamed a performance by Reviva.

Lopez says there’s a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo to help with the cost of the series.

“Albuquerque loves live music,” he says. “The community has really stepped up in supporting these bands. With venues like Launchpad, we’ve been closed since March. This is an effort to make sure that we still have live music venues when life resumes.”

Lopez says the Launchpad will continue to feature local bands nearly every week.

“We’re trying to feature all different genres of music with this series,” he says. “It’s showcasing the talent we have here in the city.”

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