Alternative band MAGIC GIANT are continuing to bring people together with the 3rd installment of their LIVE FROM QUARANTINE virtual festival series. LIVE FROM QUARANTINE WEEKEND 3 will feature appearances from The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, Shaed, Jason Mraz, Meg Myers, Woody Harrelson, and more. Full lineup can be found below.
The festival will air this Sunday, April 19th starting at 2pm PT. Fans will be able to tune in via a dual livestream on the Magic Giant Instagram (@magicgiant) as well as each artist’s individual account.
LIVE FROM QUARANTINE WEEKEND 3 will continue to raise money for Frontline Responders Fund to get hospital workers the much needed protective gear. Actor, Edward Norton, who helped launch the charity beneficiary of the festival, made a surprise appearance last weekend, thanking the musicians: “What you guys are doing by making it fun and giving everyone a little Sunday afternoon music and a way to pitch in is wonderful.”
Said host Austin Bisnow of MAGIC GIANT: “It’s really beautiful seeing all these immensely talented and generous artists come together to raise money [for Frontline Responders Fund] to help protect the heroic hospital workers who are out there risking their lives for humanity right now. And we couldn’t be more grateful to Blake Mycoskie, who on behalf of his company Madefor, is stepping up to donate $1 per viewer (up to $20,000).“
Madefor, co-founded by TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie and his friend and former Navy SEAL, Pat Dossett, is a 10 month program that helps people become the best versions of themselves. Bisnow continued, “I want to take our cancelled tour and forced isolation as an opportunity to become a stronger person mentally and physically to be the best I can be for the band, so immediately signed up!” he said enthusiastically.
Over the course of WEEKENDS 1 and 2, MAGIC GIANT was able to raise $40k total in support of MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief fund as well as the Frontline Responders Fund. Previous guests Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s), Zac Barnett (American Authors), Nicholas Petricca (Walk The Moon), Lauren Ruth Ward, Jonathan Russel (The Head And The Heart), and more. A short recap of WEEKENDS 1 and 2 can be seen here.
A dynamic blend of alt-rock meets pop wrapped in a festive, down to earth package, MAGIC GIANT recently stormed the stage at ABC’s Good Morning America. The band performed their latest single “Disaster Party” (S-Curve Records/BMG), marking the song’s national TV debut and adding to its recent success on Alternative Radio and across Spotify and Apple Music. “Disaster Party” debuted on Alternative Radio charts just last month, and has seen adds in major markets including KVIL/Dallas,KTCL/Denver, WSUN/Tampa, KDKB/Phoenix, and KKDO/Sacramento. The band also premiered the official music video earlier this year on Billboard.
The group made up of Austin Bisnow (vocals/keys), Zambricki Li (viola/guitar), and Zang (guitar/bass) has recently been working on their new album from The Bunker, a 1940’s underground bomb-shelter the band converted in Silverlake, CA.
Telling stories of love, loss, unity, friendship and heartache, the record is sincere and heartfelt. Calling this moment in the group’s lives a “marriage,” the music reflects the time, dedication and openness the group shared over the course of the making of the album.
MAGIC GIANT have amassed over 60M streams, and been named one of “10 Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone. In addition, the band has been featured on The Today Show and played to thousands at festivals such as Coachella, Firefly, BottleRock, Electric Forest, and Lightning in a Bottle. MAGIC GIANT have shown they are an alt powerhouse, having shared the stage with the likes of Foster the People, The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Mumford & Sons, and more.
A group connected to people in the community through their music, MAGIC GIANT want to unite listeners. With their upcoming album, the group share their vulnerabilities, hopes and lives with the world. MAGIC GIANT throw an annual four-day one-of-a-kind gathering in the California Redwoods for their fans called Camp Misfits.
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