PILSEN — As concerts and major events are canceled and people are asked to shelter in place across Chicago to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, two singers are making their apartments a stage by bringing live performances — with wardrobe changes and all— to your living room.
Pilsen residents and neighbors Aya Smith and Julio Lyon are hosting live concerts in aim to bring joy at a time of uncertainty.
“I want to be there to make sure people aren’t falling into a depression at home being isolated and to enjoy something in their day,” Smith said.
Smith, the 27-year-old singer for Chicago Loud 9 and neighbor Lyon, a karaoke enthusiast who works in the hospitality industry, decided to host an impromptu live concert last week.
The two gathered various costumes and belted out Disney classics from Aladdin, Lion King, Mulan, the Little Mermaid and more during a live stream on Facebook and Instagram
During the nearly hour performance, Lyon sang Remember Me (Recuérdame) in Spanish from Coco, and Smith sang Frozen hit Let It Go, or Arino mama de, in Japanese.
The pair settled on Disney for the uplifting messages the songs convey.
“We wanted to do some fun songs that people could sing along with at home,” Smith said.
Last year, Smith spread holiday cheer on the CTA when she belted out the holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas is You.”
With many musicians and artists out of work, Smith said it’s a particularly difficult time.
“I hope everyone is supporting each other through all this. This is a time, more than ever, that we have to support fellow artists and entertainers,” Smith said.
In the meantime, Smith and Lyon plan to host weekly live performances, where folks can tip them directly.
“I just want to spread the joy,” Smith said.
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