Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Kansas City Piano Man Mark Lowrey Shares Unfiltered Glimpse Into Local Performer Real Life During Coronavirus Pandemic
For those who don't already know, Mark Lowrey is one of the most talented musicians working in Kansas City right now.
Here at TKC we've been a fan of his work for years, Mark's list of accomplishments continues to increase and he's one of the most in demand artists in all of the Midwest. The cowtown virtuoso helps sustain the local music scene with an eclectic mix of jazz and fusion played with the skill of a classically trained concert pianist as well as the energy and charisma of a rock star.
In a recent public post Mark Lowrey lifts the curtain and explains why he continues to limit his performances amid the ongoing pandemic.
While he admits, "To buy food and pay rent, I have to play some private events. Private work is much more controllable than public gigs regarding safety concerns."
However, here's the money line from his missive that puts local club life in perspective:
"Playing in jazz clubs and restaurants is BARELY a sustainable career path, even if you do it more than seven times a week, given that the industry standard wages still resemble those of the 1970s. I have to play several club dates to match compensation for one private event. As one who is already potentially regularly exposed from private gigs more than the average reasonable science respecting KC citizen, I don’t feel like I’m doing anyone a service by breathing in small indoor spaces for $100-$150, playing music for four hours that is largely ignored as everyone in the room drinks more and then inevitably forget personal common sense safety.
"Conclusion: If you want to listen to me play live music, tune in to my FB show “Jazz and Plants.”
"I’m not too concerned for my own health as much as the immune compromised. I remain INCREDIBLY frustrated that there are so many selfish, anti-science minded Americans that blew this for us, and I’m not going to put my head in the sand because I miss “normal.” Let’s beat this thing. Wear the stupid mask. VOTE."
Read the post in its entirety.
You decide . . .