Philly musicians – all musicians, really – that depend on gig monies to keep food on the table and rents paid are greatly affected by the state’s current restriction on live events. To remedy this, producer Phil Nicolo and manager Andy Hurwitz’s musician wellness non-profit 30Amp start “LOVE FROM PHILLY, a daily webathon to raise money via 30Amp.Org, for Philadelphia artists and musicians impacted by COVID-19.
Filmed at Studio 4 and premiering tonight March 18 at 8 p.m. via Nugs.net and LoveFromPhilly.com and co-hosted by singer Lauren Hart and O.G. rapper Schoolly D, this week’s guests – so far – include TrapRabbit, Marc Brownstein of Disco Biscuits, Mondo Cozmo, Christian McBride and The Hooters’ Rob Hyman. The program will be live-streamed free on hi-def audio and video at LoveFromPhilly.com and Nugs.net, and – as with the Jerry Lewis M.D. telethon, viewers will be able to donate directly to 30amp’s “Cost of Living Fund,” which will then award grants to Philadelphia musicians getting hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was all Phil and Andy who got it together so fast,” said Kevin Calabro the local PR guru spearheading the promo on “LOVE FROM PHILLY.”
“We all have to be vigilant and do whatever our leaders ask us to do to get through this terrible crisis, but in the darkness, we’re hoping to shed some light,” said Nicolo, via email, who will limit the operation to ten people all maintaining seven feet of distance, while wearing gloves and face masks.