Virtual Nelsonville Music Festival Interviews: Angela Perley

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Early on in the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Nelsonville Music Festival announced its cancellation due to the infectious disease outbreak. In its place, Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies Director Josh Antonuccio and Nelsonville Music Festival Executive Director Tim Peacock created the Virtual Nelsonville Music Festival, an online presentation of the popular festival, which is being produced by Stuart’s Opera House, WOUB Public Media, the Scripps College of Communication and the Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies, in partnership with OU Performing Arts, the Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Haden DeRoberts Foundation. Under the direction of Antonuccio, Ohio University students and recent graduates are on location around the region with school faculty Andie Walla and Brian Plow filming performances for the virtual fundraiser supporting Stuart’s Opera House. WOUB producers Adam Rich and Evan Shaw are providing post-production on the project, which will go live on Stuart’s official YouTube page August 21-22.

In addition to gaining critical audio and video production experience, students and recent graduates are also learning the ins and outs of music journalism, promotions, and publicity: interviewing performers and creating a myriad of content related to their unique experience. This interview was conducted by VNMF Publicity/Promotion team Lauren McCain, Weiler Harmon, and Madyson Lewellyn and was produced by WOUB’s Arts and Culture producer Emily Votaw. 

Angela Perley
Angela Perley (Image provided by the artist)

After the COVID-19 pandemic took a hit on the live music scene, Angela Perley’s plans for 2020 began to shift into using livestreams and playing local shows in Columbus at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music. She was anticipating 2020 to be a tour year for her first solo album, 4:30,​that was released last August. Perley was also looking forward to being featured at South by Southwest in Austin, TX and Mile of Music Festival in Appleton, WI.

The folksy-rock artist has been including beneficial mental escape hobbies into her life such as roller skating, running and swimming. Recently, she’s been focusing on getting back into music by spending time in the studio and participating in a remote collaboration with 24 other Columbus artists’ for a Natalie’s ​fundraiser​. Perley is also teaming up with Rambling House on their new Drink Me CBD shots. To support two small businesses, use code “ANGELA10” when ordering ​online​.