Victoria Public Library shares live performances by local artists

Victoria Public Library's VPL Jams series hosted via Facebook Live

VICTORIA, Texas – If you enjoy live music don’t miss the Victoria Public Library’s VPL Jams series on Facebook Live. Singer Jerry James performed virtually on July 31, 2020.

Victoria Public Library Director Dayna Williams-Capone said this program helps adults who have also struggled with finding entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A lot of people in Victoria like to go out on the weekends and listen to live music, or they might go to a bar or restaurant where a musician is performing, and right now it’s hard to do that,” Williams-Capone said. “For people who are uncomfortable going out to public venues, this is a nice way to sit at home and still listen to live music.”

The VPL Jams series is hosted once a month and library assistant Andrew Hilburn said to expect similar events in the future as more local artists reach out interested in performing.

The library temporarily has suspended its in-person events, but before the pandemic, the library would host live music performances by school groups, the Crossroads Community Band and touring artists. Williams-Capone said the library may consider hosting VPL Jams in person once it is safe to do so, adding the Main Street lawn, where the library has hosted previous musical performances, would be an ideal venue.

The library also is hosting another live series called VPL Local, which showcases the work of local artists in a variety of fields. At 5 p.m. August 10, 2020 DIY crafter Nanda Vick will showcase her crafting techniques and teach residents how to make their own decorative pieces.

The next VPL Jams performer will be country music singer/acoustic guitarist Zachary Grant, who will perform at noon Aug. 22, 2020.

For more information about upcoming library events, visit the library’s Facebook page or www.victoriatx.gov/library.

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PHOTO: Victoria singer/songwriter Jerry James plays the guitar during a performance July 31 that was livestreamed from the Victoria Public Library’s Bronte Room as part of the library’s VPL Jams series featuring local musicians.

The information in this article provided by a press release from the City of Victoria.