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Apr 10

Host Your Own Watch Party of Local Musicians

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 1:35 PM by Beth Shumate

MMRF Concert - Sat. April 11NEW UPDATE as of Friday, April 10: 
The fun continues with another McKinney Musician Relief Fund concert on Saturday, April 11. The line-up features Daniel Kirkland, Adam Cline, Philip Brumley, and Sabrina Taylor-Mesh. Two special guests will be Rick Wells (owner of Rick's Chophouse and Harvest Seasonal Kitchen) and the wonderful Executive Chef at Harvest Chef Dre who'll be sharing a secret Harvest favorite recipe. The watch party is available on from this Facebook link.

View First Weekend Concerts on Facebook
Twelve popular McKinney musicians recently performed from their homes during a three-night concert series via Facebook watch party. Serving as hosts for the three nights as well as performing one evening were the host of “Texas HomeGrown Music” KHYI 95.3 radio show and podcast Maylee Thomas and her guitarist-husband and Mayor of McKinney, George Fuller. 
the lineup_McKinney Musician Relief Fund The videos are available for viewing and for inviting friends to join you during your own private watch party.

This three-night event served as the official kick-off for a new project, McKinney Musician Relief Fund (MMRF), being established to help local artists who are unable to perform right now and earn income because of venue closures and cancellations of public gatherings caused by the Coronavirus worldwide outbreak.

McKinney residents and visitors are really fortunate to have so many talented local musicians to enjoy when they play every weekend (and some on weeknights, too) in our local restaurants and venues. And now, people will be able to enjoy them from anywhere in the world!

Organizers stressed that many of the artists performing during the event will not be receiving funds from this effort. Rather, the funds will be reserved for those artists who need temporary assistance until they are able to resume their usual live performances.

The three-night event featured a line-up of four musicians per evening with each performing two songs from their homes. They also encouraged viewers to continue support local restaurants that provide musicians places to perform, as these restaurants are also struggling during this global crisis.

“Our hope is that people will order-in a delicious meal from these restaurants, pick it up, or have it delivered, and then dine at home while enjoying these musicians’ live watch parties,” said Shane Frame, a McKinney musician and Managing Partner at The Guitar Sanctuary Performance Academy.

The line-ups for each night of the event were:

Friday

  • Shane Frame, local singer-songwriter who spent 20 years in the Nashville music scene before settling in McKinney;
  • Rob Wechsler, multi-instrumentalist and violinist virtuoso;
  • Jon Christopher Davis, singer-songwriter who has collaborated with a who’s who of stars in the music industry; and
  • Zane Williams, recording artist with four #1 songs on the Texas radio charts. (Zane will be releasing his Hill Country bands new CD recording Friday immediately following his performance.) 

Saturday

  • Maylee Thomas-Fuller and George Fuller;
  • Austin Cunningham, local singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist;
  • Madi Davis, semi-finalist on season nine of NBC’s “The Voice;” and
  • Andy Timmons, multi-award winning American guitarist whose endorsement with Ibanez guitars includes his own signature-model guitar;
Sunday
  • Café Society, a funky and eclectic combo; 
  • Kristyn Harris, four-time International Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year;
  • Shayne Green, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and studio musician; and
  • Crystal Yates, singer-songwriter and winner of the 2014 Texas Country Showdown in Nashville.

Full details about the event are posted on the McKinney Musician Relief Fund Facebook page. You'll also find the link to the GoFundMe page being set up for this project. 

View the concert videos here.