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Saturday, April 24, 2021

From FLA to WNY:
Old Hippies plan afternoon affair
for 'Home to Home' concert

The Old Hippies are planning an afternoon affair for today's "Home to Home" concert. The concert, featuring long-time Genesee County musicians Bill and Kay McDonald, is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. from Little Jim's Bait & Tackle in Fort Pierce, Florida. The concert will be live-streamed on Bill McDon-ald's Facebook page and HERE's a link to today's performance.

"As we ease into more of a social musical experience we will continue to offer the live streams along with invitations to those comfortable attending our live shows," Bill McDonald said in an email to Genesee County's The Daily News. "We remain trying to make the best of it like everyone else remaining safe, traveling along the trail, enjoying the ride, we will open our windows and allow some fresh air in and our music out for all to enjoy."

Kay and Bill McDonald have been presenting a series of (mostly) Saturday night performances since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The concerts began from the living room of their Florida home and later included a handful of outings streamed from Florida-area venues. The concerts continued through the summer with concerts from their Batavia home and other locations in the four-county GLOW region before they returned to Florida.

The concerts began March 20, 2020. The duo has performed 57 concerts under the "Home to Home" banner, with some Saturdays seeing them play multiple shows. They have also presented special performances ahead of holidays and as a mid-week respite during the summer.

Bill McDonald said he and Kay "are so thankful to all who have helped us through some trying times by giving us something to do with our time, while joining us at our Home to Home Concert series for the common good." The full title of the concert series is called "Be Kind to One Another Home to Home Concert Series." Singing, dancing and playing along at home is encouraged. 

The performances are designed to connect folks who are unable to go out to concerts and other arts programs due to closures and limits on large gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our purpose has been and will continue to bring some music, peace, love, entertainment and good vibes through our music from our home/location to your home/location,” Bill McDonald said.

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