Tonight at 7pm my new band, Tango Ahora!, will make it’s debut live on the internet, thanks to the new technology called the Google Plus Hangout.
Google Plus is the new social networking site from the internet search giant. I hopped on board early, and have found it to be sort of a cross between Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging. One of the most intriguing features is called the Hangout. Hangouts are live, multi-user video chats where up to 10 people can be in a chat room and see and talk to each other. It has far-reaching implications for all sorts of cool applications, including music. I’ve seen “Hangout Concerts” from my friends Rob Michael and Daria Musk, and thought it was a great way to share music.
So tonight, I’m going to share my new band, Tango Ahora!, with the world! This will be our world premiere, as our first official gig is tomorrow night at Vito’s in Seattle. We’ve been rehearsing for that gig and were getting together anyway tonight, so we’re going to debut a few of our songs for the entire world!
There are two ways you can join in our debut Hangout Concert:
- If you’re on Google Plus, you can get a “front row seat” by being one of the first nine people to join the Hangout live at 7pm. These people will be able to chat and interact with us as we play.
- If you’re not on Google Plus or are not one of the first nine folks to join the Hangout live, you can get a “general admission seat” on a site called Hangout Party.com. These folks have found a way to stream Hangouts live so that those not in the “inner circle” can still check it out. Again, you don’t have to have a Google Plus account to watch this way, but you won’t be able to interact with us, you’ll just be a spectator.
The band consists of 3 of my favorite musicians in Seattle: Beth Fleenor on clarinet, Maria Scherer Wilson on cello and Michael Owcharuk on accordion. We’ve been working up tunes by tango master Astor Piazzolla, other tango favorites, and tango-inspired originals and covers. We’re an improvising tango band and we’re having a great time!
Hope to see you at our world premiere Hangout Concert tonight, either on Google Plus or Hangout Party.com! And if you’re in Seattle, you can see us live and in person tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Vito’s.