It’s the sign of the times. As the world emerges from the pandemic and into the new normal, Jason Manns ended his Quarantune Tuesday StageIt concerts, as in-person events and recording projects return as the world opens up. Although he may not do weekly StageIt concerts online every week, he will have a “Christmas in July” StageIt concert on June 25 at 4:10 p.m. ET.
The traditional Tuesday StageIt was a weekly online concert, and as the pandemic shut plans down across the world, Manns rebranded his StageIt concerts calling them Quarantune Tuesdays. Every Tuesday without interruption at 12:05 p.m. ET, Manns took the virtual stage and played songs, took requests, and interacted with the audience via chat. Routines emerged and Quarantune Tuesdays became the only place to hear Jason live. He played songs from his arsenal of albums as well as songs he famously covered during the StageIts such as Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up” and “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King. Sometimes he ended the online concerts snippets of covers, which could include anything from Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” to the Motown hit “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Toward the end of the pandemic, Manns added a second show on Tuesday evenings.
The concerts were beloved by fans, who looked forward to Manns every week when the world seemed uncertain. One regular attendee stated, “I don’t know what I would have done without Jason’s music, stories, and [his] dad jokes. It meant enjoying great live music every Tuesday and getting to know amazing people who will now be lifelong friends, at a time when live events and meeting with friends wasn’t possible. And that meant everything.”
Regular attendees came to know each other through the StageIt chat on the right of the screen. Through the months and week after week, fans celebrated each other on new jobs, graduations, and became friends on and off the StageIt platform.
The last Quarantunes StageIt took place on June 29 at 7 p.m. Songs performed at the last Quarantune shows included “Ophelia,” “Cover Me Up,” “Cry To Me,” “Stand By Me,” “When Did I Stop Believing,” and “Something to Love.” As the show came to a close, he ended his last Quarantune Tuesday by thanking his audience for spending so much time with him and saying the StageIts won’t completely end; he is just taking a break.
Currently, Manns is working on a new Christmas album which has a campaign on Fundly. He will be holding a “Christmas in July” StageIt on July 25 at 4:10 p.m. ET and will hold his first post-pandemic in-person live event with Paul Carella at Rockwood Festival on July 18 in Frankfurt, Germany. If all of these events weren’t enough to keep Manns busy, he is also opening The Heist, a live music venue in Bowling Green, Virginia late this summer.