Local musicians turn to live streaming to engage during pandemic

Nate Howard — Enterprise Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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Marcedes and Isaac Carroll rehearse in their living room on South 9th Street Tuesday. Marcedes has booked a live show for streaming on Facebook at the Old Saloon on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Enterprise photo by Nate Howard

Marcedes Carroll, of Livingston, talks about the night she fell in love with “The Old Sal,” short for the Old Saloon in Emigrant. 

It was May of last year and Carroll, a native of Belgrade, came over the Bozeman Pass to see Mike and the Moonpies, and “it was a beautiful night,” she said. She describes the sun setting, shining through the rain, with Emigrant Peak glowing.

Nearly a year later, Marcedes and her husband, Isaac, moved to Livingston, and this Thursday she’s back at the Old Saloon in Emigrant, performing music on a livestream via Facebook.

Livestream shows and solo performances are a growing trend on social media, allowing artists to perform and entertain, as residents wade in uncharted waters of the current coronavirus pandemic. 

The Old Saloon often drew a crowd for music on Thursday nights, but took a hiatus as a result of the coronavirus directives, said Stacey Ingram, the general manager of the saloon. They are still doing what they can to promote local musicians, performing live from the saloon to your laptop, phone or home computer. 

“We’re missing each other like crazy. Yes, (a livestream is) a little weird, it’s not the same, but it’s cool. Out here in the valley, we’re tight-knit friends and family,” said Ingram. 

Ingram credits Mike Carter, or “Cowboy Mike,” a Paradise Valley resident and the nighttime bartender, for promoting and encouraging musicians to bring a guitar to the saloon.

She said the Old Saloon is a lot like a honky-tonk, with musicians playing old-time country and that they’re always looking for new musicians.

Carroll was a resident musician at the Old Saloon this past winter, and she’s excited to be back. 

Before pursuing music full time, she worked for a Bio-Med company, 9-to-5, and said, “It’s not my cup of tea.” 

She said she was learning, but it wasn’t what she wanted to be learning, which was music. 

Recently, she’s been working for the “Live From the Divide” radio show based out of Bozeman as a line producer, venue operations manager, an audio engineer and volunteer manager. 

She started playing guitar at age 15 with her church in Belgrade. She’s created an album, “She’s Pretty,” on which she either wrote or co-wrote nearly all of her music and lyrics.

Livingston and the Park High Rangers were once her rivals, Carroll said through laughter. She played basketball and volleyball at Belgrade High School. 

Today, she’s enjoying her surroundings among “so many artists here” and finds her self-confidence growing among a lot of “eccentric” people. 

This isn’t her first time using a live feed. 

“It’s definitely a different experience but it’s also really beautiful to see your friends” log on and comment, she said. 

“We’re all connected, tuned in, and our mind is off quarantine.”

Carroll also watches some of her favorite musicians perform live. 

“You can hop on and watch artists you like in a more intimate scene, from the comfort of their home,” she said. 

Carroll and her husband, Isaac Carroll, will be streaming live from The Old Saloon Thursday at 3 p.m. on Facebook. 

Marcedes said any donations for the show will go to the Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund. Donations  can be made at https://www.pccf-montana.org/for-donors/donate-now.html.

Her debut album, “She’s Pretty” is available at www.marcedescarroll.com.

Live events are also found on the Facebook group, “Livingston LIVE MUSIC.”