Guided By Voices extends virtual concert streaming through Friday

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Guided By Voices, one of the most prolific and influential bands to emerge from Dayton, has extended the streaming window for its virtual concert event until Friday, July 24, at 5 p.m. EST.

The concert premiered online on Friday, July 17, and was available to stream for another 96 hours. Due to popular demand, the band decided to extend the streaming window so more fans could purchase and access the concert this week.

Tickets to the virtual concert are available through The Brightside Music & Event Venue in downtown Dayton. The band first performed at the newly opened venue last September at Heedfest, the annual gathering of the biggest GBV fans in the world.

Guided by Voices and its fans donated more than $28,000 to relief efforts for victims of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in the Oregon District and the 15 Memorial Day tornadoes. The funds were raised in conjunction with Heedfest, a gathering of about 400 Guided by Voices fans in Dayton. The band's frontman Robert Pollard is pictured on stage of Heedfest 2019. CONTRIBUTED
Guided by Voices and its fans donated more than $28,000 to relief efforts for victims of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in the Oregon District and the 15 Memorial Day tornadoes. The funds were raised in conjunction with Heedfest, a gathering of about 400 Guided by Voices fans in Dayton. The band's frontman Robert Pollard is pictured on stage of Heedfest 2019. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Chris Corn

Credit: Chris Corn

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band had to cancel their tour, including this year’s Heedfest, which was again scheduled to kick off at The Brightside. “We finally have a place to play in town, and we’re shut down,” lead singer Bob Pollard told us.

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GBV decided to take their show online and present a virtual concert to their loyal fanbase. They contacted the Brightside to arrange a full concert production, with sound and light crew wearing masks and socially distancing. The band members themselves are tested for COVID-19 prior to the concert.

Behind the scenes at Guided by Voices virtual concert at The Brightside in Dayton, Ohio
Behind the scenes at Guided by Voices virtual concert at The Brightside in Dayton, Ohio

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

To help support venues like The Brightside, 20 percent of ticket sales will go to the venues virtually hosting the show, to help support these independent businesses during the shutdown.

The concert is also being produced to support the band’s upcoming 30th album, “Mirrored Aztec,” which comes out on Aug. 21.

Tickets to the concert are available and can be purchased for $25 plus fees at this link: https://noonchorus.com/brightside-gbv/ The concert is available until Friday, July 24, at 5 p.m. EST.

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