ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Usually many people like to get out and enjoy activities, like listening to live music. But the ongoing pandemic has forced local to cancel shows.
For years the Cactus House in Odessa has been the go to spot where locals can listen to live bands, but these past few months have posed a challenge for them.
“That’s what has been really rough about it,” said Daniel Price, Cactus House Co-Owner,” It’s like I get kind of like really used to all of the excitement and happiness that people bring to that place, just like to have a spot where we all can do something that we like to do.”
While COVID-19 has forced the cancellations of in person concerts, Cactus House is creating a new music scene for local musicians by hosting live streaming performances.
“It’s a cool thing to do because it’s different than even going to a show because you get kind of a difference of presentation to it,” Price said. ” We’ve got some really awesome volunteers doing camera work for us.”
But even though they’re hosting these live streams for free, Cactus House is staying afloat solely off donations from the community.
“Like truly every time it’s happened when we get closer to that rent deadline we say hey if you want to help us out that would be really cool, and then people just flood in and support us so much,” Price said. Honestly it surprises me every single time, it’s amazing.”
Cactus House is not only hosting a virtual stage for themselves, they also want to help local artists in these uncertain times.
“We’re here for the community and part of the community is the bands the bands that come and play for us and people that like to come a create art,” said Gus Pando, Cactus House Co-Owner. ” We’re nothing with out them.”
Local artists like Matt Olgin is grateful the Cactus House is allowing him and his band to perform.
“With all the craziness in the world and all the things that are going on in the world, we need more places like that to you know make people feel welcomed and loved and part of something great,” Olgin said.
While Cactus House would like to return to concerts in person, they rather the community take care of itself.
“Once we can get everyone in our direct community to a spot where it’s safe to do the things that we used to do and love to do, then we can worry about what we do,” Pando said.
While Cactus House will continue to host live streaming concerts, they are still asking the community to help them stay up and running. If you would like to donate you are asked to visit the Cactus House’s social media pages.