Let’s be frank. The biggest news in the live streaming concert world this week is the release of the IROCKE 2012 rankings on Monday. Culled from 11,536 performances by 3,843 different artists streamed live from 684 different sources during 2012, IROCKE ranked the best streaming moments (Eddie Vedder and Roger Waters singing Comfortably Numb was #1), festivals (Tomorrowland at #1), and sources (American Express Unstaged at #1). Also noteworthy: 100 million people watched live streamed concerts this year. See more at CNBC.
Here’s an example of the power of live streamed concerts that goes beyond the technical wizardry or the potential music business “disruption” often talked about: The Melodic Caring Project, together with the Seattle Living Room Shows, are putting together shows streamed for kids suffering serious illnesses who are hospital bound. As Seattle Music Insider reports, one mother wrote the project that her daughter has surgeries at least twice a year “and it tears our family apart physically and emotionally. Music is healing for us.”
Rolling Stone takes an interesting look at the growing ubiquity of the 3-D technology, which is spreading via consumer-available cameras, laptops, and even smart phones. It’s only a matter of time until concerts are live streamed 3-D, right?
The jazz world seems to be getting more and more live streaming oriented. On Jan. 23, a much anticipated (and sold out) gathering of jazz luminaries will open the SF Jazz Center in an historic concert that will be live streamed. The night will be hosted by Bill Cosby and performers include McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, and Esperanza Spalding. WRTI has the lowdown.
TRI Studios, former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir’s state-of-the-art facility, will pick up shop and stream from the Sweetwater Music Hall on Jan. 18, the third night in a four night stand by Further.