The COVID pandemic has been rough on everyone, but most especially those who depended solely on live events to earn their living.  When things shut down, music artists found themselves  in a particular bad spot with no way to earn money.

Fellow musicians like Blues man Joe Bonamassa wanted to help.  In response, he has created the Fueling Musicians Program through his Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation. 

On May 1, Bonamassa will host his third annual Stream-A-Thon.  The concert of over two hours filled with music from over two dozen artists including Peter Frampton, George Thorogood, Dion, Bill Payne of Little Feat, Tommy Emanuel and Mike Dawes, Eric Gales, and Larry McCray.

To date the Stream-A-Thon has raised over $500,000 to help musicians get back out on the road and working again, once it is safe to do so; and to pay for some immediate necessities with $1,500 payments.

Joe Bonamassa spoke on the Fueling the Musicians program saying, “I am so thankful for the incredible support from our industry partners and for the fans who have donated to this program. Through the generosity of our contributors, we can continue to impact musicians who still need our help.”

The festivities begin at 3pm.  Blues fans can learn more about how to donate at

feature photo credit: Joe Bonamassa – 2013 World Tour – Meistersingerhalle Nuernberg – 11-03-2013 (8557288377).jpg