Ultra Music Festival Returns (To The Radio), And Other Ways To Deal With Social Distancing

Mar 19, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced closures of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concert halls and theaters -- the places that would've taken up our weekends.

Some cultural venues are offerings workarounds via radio broadcasts and live streaming to give folks some relief while they're cooped up at home in a time of social distancing.

Here's a short list that'll be updated over time:

Ultra Virtual Audio Festival

Sirius XM radio is now sort of bringing back Ultra this weekend. There will be live DJ sets from artists -- including Afrojack and Major Lazer -- who were supposed to perform at this year’s outdoor concert.

Ultra was one of the first major public events to be canceled due to the coronavirus. Local government officials were concerned about folks traveling internationally and potentially spreading the virus.

Ultra ticket holders are automatically able to access the virtual festival, which begins 5 p.m. Friday. You can also sign up for a free trial with Sirius.

Live Stream Concerts

Concerts are moving online.

Rhythm Foundation, a Miami Beach music nonprofit, is organizing with South Florida music acts to live stream concerts. In the comfort of your own home, you can get on Facebook, start a dance party, and listen to a local act like Miami’s electro duo Afrobeta, which performed a closet set on Thursday.

The foundation said it's working on a lineup of future performances.

Coral Cam

Need a moment of zen? South Florida has the largest coral reef ecosystem in the U.S. and one way to admire its beauty is via the Coral City Camera, an underwater camera that live streams the coral reef located on the northeastern tip of PortMiami on Dodge Island.

The visibility ranges from 10 to 20 feet, and it's currently the best time to view the underwater garden because the water clears up as we get closer to summertime.

You can also listen to this soothing playlist while watching these beautiful ecosystems and fish in the water.

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