OLATHE, Kan. — Some claim music has the power to heal. And seven local musicians hoped that power could spread positivity at a senior living facility during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We're all out of work right now," organizer Mikey Needleman said. "So we thought it would be something awesome to get together and each one of us take a different section of the facility so everyone can hear the music."
Titled "Lean on Me: Bringing Music to the Isolated," each musician played a roughly 25 minute set on Monday for the 170 residents of Villa St. Francis Senior Care Center in Olathe. The facility has been closed to all visitors for nearly two months.
"It's been a while since any of us have been able to play a live show," guitarist Jillian Riscoe said. "It brings community when we need it the most."
The facility has enacted strict social distancing policies, in addition to prohibiting visitors, to curb any potential contraction or spread of COVID-19.
The concert's theme sent a message to residents and musicians alike.
"Use music to let everyone know that we're all going to get through this together," Needleman said.