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Streaming Concerts From Sure Sure’s Home Home Tour Lifted My Spirits Up Up

At 5:00PM on Tuesday, April 14, I was enthralled by the most riveting and revolutionary opening act of a concert: a laundry dryer. By 5:02PM, I was simultaneously eating yogurt and dancing alone in my room to the concert’s headliner, a Los Angeles-based band called Sure Sure.

After their spring concert tour with COIN was canceled due to the Coronavirus, the bandmates of Sure Sure, Charlie, Chris, Mike and Kevin, seized the opportunity to keep sharing their music online with the Sure Sure Home Home Tour: a six-night live-streamed concert series that took place in different areas of their home. They traveled around their living room, kitchen, laundry room, upstairs hallway and even Mike’s bedroom to play six-song sets that ran about 35 minutes each. Their last show ran even longer in culmination of the tour.

concert being streamed on a computer with a bowl of yogurt on the side Emily Nelissen

After first being introduced to their hit “Warm Animal” by one of my professors, I became an instant fan, and as an avid concert-lover as well, I was pretty thrilled when they made the announcement for this Home Home tour. In fact, I had actually wanted to go to one of their shows in March but was unable to. Needless to say, this was the perfect opportunity to finally see them perform (mostly) live.

They sold tickets for individual dates, a package for all the dates, a package for all the dates plus a signed poster or as a package that included a Zoom meet and greet on top of that. They are even started selling a limited-edition tour shirt through April 24! The best part, however, is the fact a portion of the proceeds were donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and to Lunch on Me. It was nice to know that I could enjoy some quality music and contribute to important causes too.

black headphones on a yellow background Malte Wingen on Unsplash Initially I only bought one ticket to their concert in the laundry room, but very quickly I realized that this was a mistake. Despite only getting to see them perform on my computer screen, Sure Sure was able to invigorate an energy in me that I definitely needed. Being in quarantine has put a strain on my mental health, but I am often able find solace by diving into music. Music helps me stay optimistic and positive about the current state of the world, and getting to dance around my room while watching this band have so much fun together made me feel lighter. I loved getting to watch their new song “Funky Galileo” played live, and I quickly decided I needed to hear the other songs that were in the remaining nights’ setlists. I immediately bought three more tickets for their Thursday, Friday and Saturday live streams.

Although short-lived, it became a daily ritual for me to keep up with their Instagram TV stories as they documented being “on the road” before they started streaming. One of my favorite parts of Sure Sure is their charm and sense of humor, so getting to watch them move about their home certainly provided some joy in my routine. (The trek from the laundry room to the upstairs hallway had to be brutal!) It consistently gave me something to look forward to each day, and it was like a reward for finishing class or completing my homework.

woman at a concert putting hands in a heart shape Unsplash, Anthony Delanoix

Even though Sure Sure live streams are over, I am going to continue to watch other musicians’ online concerts because overall, music feeds my soul and helps me stay balanced. According to The Mercury News, concerts may not come back until fall 2021, so these live streams are the best way to go, and they can help keep everyone uplifted in these uncertain times. I definitely recommend checking out Sure Sure as well! Their music is full of smooth vocals, cool synth, funky guitar and basslines and rad percussion too. It is nothing short of groovy and mood-boosting!