Bands try ‘virtual tours’ as the reality of a summer with no concerts settles in

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Ever since they began selling out shows throughout the Northeast last winter, the Connecticut jam band seemed destined for a fast-paced life on the road. But the coronavirus pandemic put an abrupt halt to all that when their national tour was canceled in mid-March.Now, after three months in their respective bunkers, the four musicians are venturing back out. Virtually, of course. For the next 10 days, Goose will be holed up at a barn in Fairfield County, where, starting last night, they’ll be broadcasting their unique blend of improv-inspired rock ‘n’ roll through eight sets of live music.”Bingo Tour,” as Goose is calling the run, is one of a few new touring experiences that bands big and small have experimented with ever since the live touring industry all but shut down when Covid-19 began spreading in the US this spring. Some acts, like Marc Rebillet, Garth Brooks and Spafford, have tried drive-in movie theaters. Others, like Dropkick Murphy’s and the Disco Biscuits, booked empty stadiums. But for road warriors like Goose, who spend the bulk of their time playing small or medium-sized venues in cities across the US, growing their fanbase with every show, the next best thing they …

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