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AURORA – Noah Gabriel is used to seeing people watch him play.
That isn't possible these days as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, which has closed entertainment venues. So at 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, Gabriel will perform to a virtual audience when he takes the stage at The Venue in downtown Aurora, which is currently closed to the general public.
In a nod to Aurora's blues roots, Gabriel, an Aurora native, will perform several blues songs that he recently wrote. Direct donations can be made at The Venue's website, themusicvenue.org.
The Venue is operated by the nonprofit Fox Valley Music Foundation.
Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf talked to Gabriel, whose day job is painting houses, about the upcoming show. The interview has been edited for length and style.
Eric Schelkopf: So Monday you will be playing a bunch of blues songs during the show.
Noah Gabriel: They will hopefully be on a future album. I was just thinking it would be a neat idea to throw something different out there.
Everybody is doing these livestreams and stuff like that. I just have these tunes I've been putting together and really wanting to record. I started out wanting to be a blues guy and I've dipped in and out of that genre throughout my career.
With Aurora's roots being what they are, I thought it would be a neat thing to bring to Aurora at this time. It's a little homage to my hometown in my own way.
Schelkopf: When did you write these blues songs?
Gabriel: Some as recently as a week ago.
Schelkopf: Are any of the songs about coronavirus?
Gabriel: No, nothing directly. Everything is influenced by what's moving through my mind. They're blues tunes. They're about humanity's struggle with light and dark, as always.
And we're in a time where that struggle seems to be very palpable.
Schelkopf: I know that you've been playing some songs on Facebook recently. Are you going to be performing any of those songs at The Venue?
Gabriel: Yeah. "Fallow" is a song that I just wrote.
Schelkopf: So people will kind of hear a new sound from you?
Gabriel: Yeah. I know that my voice tends to tie everything together. I try to dip in and out of different genres. I'm hoping people like it. I posted that "Fallow" song before this came up.
Schelkopf: How do you make a living as a musician these days?
Gabriel: I haven't figured that out. I paint and I was doing some carpentry last year.
I also teach guitar. Anything I can do to make a buck, host open mic nights, stuff like that.
It's all up in the air. But I'm still moving.