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In This Together: readers give thanks to the front line heroes

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The impacts of COVID-19 have hit hard in every single state and Ohio is no exception. This pandemic has put our hospital workers, doctors, nurses, police officers, and everyone in between on the front line of defending our public health. There have been early mornings, long nights, and plenty of sacrifices.

We want to make sure these efforts don’t go unnoticed. We felt a proper thank you is needed right now. So in a way of saying thanks, we gathered responses and shoutouts from readers to all of the folks who are putting in the hours on the front line.

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“My next door neighbor is a surgeon, currently working as an ICU doctor. I see her come home from 12+ hour shifts working directly with COVID-19 patients. She has sacrificed so incredibly much and my heart goes out to her and all the others just like her. She is a true hero and I’m incredibly grateful for her.” — Jayme Hitchcock

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“So many praises to so many people that are going above and beyond to help those in need. I want to say thank you to Colin Kaide, MD—an ER Doctor at OSU Wexner Medical Center—who not only keeps us informed, but also courageously takes care of patients. Thank you to High Bank and Watershed Distillery that are putting their normal alcohol distillation process on hold to make necessary hand sanitizers for the community and NOT price gouging us when we purchase. Thank you to the countless delivery drivers on every street providing for those who can’t go out to shop or grab their meals.” — Teresa Haas

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“Thank you, Katie Kamradt! You are sacrificing so much, including time with your family, your own personal health, and the comfort of your own home, to take care of others. You are a rockstar and the epitome of selflessness!” — Ariel Schwartz

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“Thank you to Lindsay Tsai and Adam Ingram for continuing to serve as pharmacists at OSU!!!” — Samantha Miniato

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“My friend Jennifer Natali has sewn over 900 face masks that she donates to anyone in need in Ohio and all over the country. She is an incredibly dedicated friend, wife, and mother.” — Kevin James

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“Thank you to my sister, Katie, who works as a physical therapist in a nursing home. She has been going in day after day to assist her residents without complaint, despite being seven months pregnant with her first child. Her selflessness has always been a shining example for me to follow, and her actions during this epidemic are no different. I am proud, as always, to be her brother.” — Evan McCoy

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“THANK YOU to everyone on the front lines making sure we’re safe, healthy, and have everything we need during this difficult time. Grocery store workers, you all are superstars. Medical professionals, we know what a sacrifice it is to walk in to work every day and I can’t thank you enough. A special shoutout to nurse Anissa! These times are trying, and I’m comforted to know that patients have you taking care of them. Thank you for everything you do.” — Alaina Morakis

These responses have been lightly edited for grammar and space.

If you would like to give a ‘thank you’ or ‘shout out’ to someone doing good, please email us here.

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Loop Daddy invades Columbus with first-ever drive-in tour

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The return of live music is going to be one of the trickiest industries to transition back into business as usual, if that will ever be the case. We’ve seen people getting creative, building concert stages within their own homes via live streaming. Some have participated in virtual festivals, probably the sector of live music to take the biggest hit.

But when an industry made up of innovative creatives always trying to come up with the next big idea is faced with incredible hardships, they respond with quick-witted imaginative solutions.

One of the first trends that popped up in the revolution of bringing back live music was the implementation of drive-in lots. Luckily for Columbus, the darling of the internet DJ scene Marc Rebillet aka Loop Daddy will be taking his first-ever drive-in tour through the Buckeye state in mid-June.

Captivating audiences with his participatory DJ scratching and immature antics, extremely goofy sex appeal, and sleazy porno stache, Rebillet was an act poised for a breakout summer before the pandemic shut music concert venues down. If you have access to a car, though, you’ll still have a chance to catch the wild virtual sensation.

On June 14, Rebillet will be pulling up to the South Drive-In for the third stop of his Drive-In Concert Tour. Rebillet will also be showcasing short films as part of his drive-in experience.

As far as sound is going for these events, a lot of drive-ins are opting to go the radio transmission route to encourage people to stay inside of their vehicles.

A very few grouping of tickets remain, which include three-person and four-person car passes. Tickets are running $40 per head (plus additional fees), which seems to be the average across the new wave of drive-in concerts. Two-people/one-car tickets have already sold out.

If you don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity, act right now. Tickets can be purchased at:

https://nightout.com/events/marc-rebillet-drive-in-tour-columbus-ohio-south-drive-in-presented-by-hotbox/tickets.

Social distancing guidelines are outlined at the point of purchase.

The South Drive-In is located at 3050 S. High St. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Attendees need to arrive before 8:45 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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Live music allowed again in restaurants and bars: how will these establishments respond?

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A major step forward in the return of live music in Ohio took place over the weekend. The Ohio coronavirus guidelines were updated to reflect the new COVID-19 Dine Safe Ohio Order.

The order outlining the guidelines on live music in restaurant and bars is as follows:

Musicians and bands may perform in restaurants and bars as long as the individuals who are performing maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from all other people including, but not limited to, fellow performers and restaurant and bar patrons and staff.

DJ's are included along with musicians and bands in the order.

Something that was on the mind of a lot of musicians with the reopening of restaurants and the indefinite closing of large venues was how restaurants and bars were going to respond to the immediate venue demand. Places like Woodlands Tavern that already have an infrastructure for live music will have no problem complying with the updated order, but will restaurants and bars that depended on jukeboxes before pivot to a live music model?

With a lot more space available in restaurants due to capacity cuts, does this leave more room for a live music set up? Or will restaurants have to get rid of even more tables if they want to make room for a performer?

The thought of live music in a venue setting is alone enough to get excited about. How these places that now have the ability to host live music execute freeing up space for a band to set up or a DJ to bring his rig in while practicing social distancing is what makes this situation a tricky one.

Not being able to get down in a MojoFlo Soul Train line will be pretty tough, but it’s a tradeoff we’ll have to accept for the return of live music.

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(614) Music Club: Sarob

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Every week (614) Music Club teams up with your favorite local artists to build a playlist of what they’re listening to, and what’s inspiring them. This week’s playlist is brought to you by the R&B artist Sarob.


Photo by: Wyze

Tell me about some of the songs you’ve selected.

"The first one is Sobeautiful by Musiq Soulchild. So every week with my vocal coach, I have to learn a song. And I've been trying to figure out how to do vocal gliding. Which is not a strong point for me, and I remember hearing that song and being like, OK, this is it. The song is just beautifully written and composed, so when you add the technique to it, it’s just great. The other song was Workin On It by Dwele, who is one of my favorite artists of all time. Workin On It uses this J Dilla beat that just feels really timeless."

Have the past few months changed the direction or mood of the music you're creating. 

"So I have been making stuff here and there, and then I'll go into something creative for like two days. I'll just be making like a bunch of songs and then I'll stop for two weeks, not even want to look at a microphone or anything. I mean, it's a lot more inward, so I’m learning how to better communicate the things I'm experiencing, and set the scenes for people and talk about what is going on. Also not having my band has been a challenge. I’m more of a thinker, I play the keyboard, and I can build a song, but I’m not the most gifted musician so having to build a lot of it on my own is tricky."

Do you have any plans or releases coming up? 

"Yeah, so I had a song Pleasures U Like that was made for my last album, but it didn’t quite fit the story of the album. So I just forgot about it until recently and I finished the vocals just before the lockdown, and now I’m releasing it on Bandcamp as part of a fundraiser for The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. All of the proceeds from the song are going to go to support their Pandemic Emergency Fund, and it just felt like a good way to do something that would impact everything going on."

Sarob's Playlist

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