By: Graham Johnson
When one is tasked to picture in their head a live show, images are conjured up of drunken crowds, light shows, smoke hanging in the air, and many other key components to what we think of as a traditional show. Last Wednesday, Rosemary Kennedy shook the very idea by streaming an entire set live through Twitch. The most noteworthy part of such a show, is the fact that I had the option of not wearing pants during the set; and I’ll tell you, one has never felt so free.
Naturally, the music was super tight and the band did not fail to deliver a stunning sound, regardless of shitty laptop speakers and a missing Marvin. During the set, as the stream would receive subscriptions or donations, the band would spin what they called “The Thunder Wheel.” Much akin to Nickelodeon style game show prize wheels, the wheel would land on “War Paint!” and the subscriber would choose who had to wear it, or perhaps it landed on “Giraffe Pajamas” and one lucky band member (Lauren) would don the titular uniform. By the end of the stream, the band was looking quite colorful, Collin had full on slapped Charlie, and they both had chugged a beer a piece.
The stream ended up being a lot of fun and the band even mentioned that they’ll have a new album soon. It’s an extremely novel idea that I hope might take off. While I don’t want to see this take over the traditional show, I do believe that it’s a great way for a band to get themselves and their music out there. The Rosemary Kennedy live stream was positively dripping with DIY goodness and I hope to continue to see such innovative ideas come out of Charlie, Coolicide, Rosemary Kennedy, and everyone involved in the Gainesville Music Scene.
To watch the full stream click here: Rosemary Kennedy Live