With one week left on the crowdfunding campaign for Love in a Time of Quarantine, the solidarity project has surpassed its initial funding goal by 25%! Thank you to everyone who has supported the initiative so far. In celebration, the participating artists have added additional “rewards” to the campaign, including a private house concert by the artist of your choice. This limited-edition compilation album will not be available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, or YouTube. It will not be for sale online, or in stores. The only way to get a copy is through the Verkami (crowdfunding site) this week, before the campaign ends on May 12th!

The collection of songs runs the gamut of musical styles, from rock to soul to ska to jazz to blues to pop to rumba. Some songs are world premieres, new singles, or an alternate version of a tune you already know. Others are selections “from the archives,” and we guarantee that you will love them all. Find out more and listen to all the artists involved in the project on here. Thank you, from the bottom of our quarantined hearts, for supporting independent music and culture during this difficult time.

Speaking of the show going on, this week will be Tori Sparks’s ninth and final #BalconyConcert for her neighborhood of Horta. Now that the local quarantine restrictions are slowly being scaled back, Tori will present a final great big double-header show: A live set for her neighbors at 8pm CET, playing a mix of original tunes and covers that they’ve requested over the weeks, up on the ladder on her balcony just like in weeks past. (We’ll see if the police stop by again, like last time!) After that, she will play one hour of music exclusively for her online fans starting at 9pm CET, performing a mix of songs from her seven albums, and with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Both sets will be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you to Nando Cruz and El Periódico for the full-page article on Tori’s Balcony Concerts and their impact on the community. If you’ve missed the shows, you can see a few of the songs from each week posted online here.

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