Orange Coast shares stories of how people in our county connected and coped in the early days of COVID-19: tales from the helpers and heroes, tips for surviving stay-at-home orders, shifts local businesses made to adapt, advice going forward, and a community displaying hope and resolve. You’ll find plenty of reasons to be proud of where we live and how we’re rising together.
“I’ve been doing open mics around Orange County for a while, and I met this group of friends and fellow performers through that,” says Angie Ngo. “I remembered opening Lizzo’s Instagram Live once where she was doing a split screen with someone else. That was the first time I saw that feature being used. I figured we could do a showcase using that feature where I could be the emcee and introduce everyone, and they could all perform from their own homes. I asked my O.C. musician friends— Calvin Anderson, Anna Carmela, Julia Grace, Wendy Hurwit, and Sammie Cohen—and they were all very excited about it. Aside from a few technological kinks, it went well. There was a guy who tagged us in his Instagram Story and said, ‘Thank you for doing this showcase. It’s like having a concert in my own home.’ That’s the silver lining in all this. We’re planning on doing it every week now. I’m calling it ‘The Quarantine Showcase: Indefinite Encore.’
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