For many, quarantine has been quite the challenge. Others, on the other hand, are learning how to make the most out of their newfound free time. After all, sitting around the house all day can become old pretty fast.
At least, that is what singer/songwriter, Tanner Howe, and his family found to be true. Therefore, they decided to do something about it all while staying within the guidelines recommended by the CDC – social distancing and wearing face masks.
Howe is from sunny California where taking advantage of the warm weather isn’t such a bad idea. Thus, he and his family came together to perform a mini-concert for their family and friends in quarantine. At least that was the idea.
But neighbors were so impressed with the performance, they joined in on the fun! Everybody came out to sing and dance on their front lawns.
In an interview with Oped News, Howe shared what the original plan was, “Initially we only planned on visiting four houses but we started to surprise some neighbors along the way. The reactions were priceless and it was amazing to catch it all on video.”
Fortunately, the family was able to borrow the pickup truck from a neighbor, Melanie. They took advantage of the one day they had and performed in two neighborhoods in Huntington Beach and Long Beach.
What was the song of choice for this special event? Justin Timberlake’s feel-good, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Its uptempo beat was just what their friends and family needed.
In the video, the reaction from onlookers is simply priceless. Each and every individual looked pleasantly surprised to see Howe and his family outside of their home.
Even while watching the video, it’s difficult not to get excited as they pull up in front of a house, blowing the horn to announce their presence. Things only become more endearing when Howe picks up a megaphone to call his audience members out of their houses by name.
Clearly, Howe and his family wanted to make this experience as personal and genuine as possible.
But Howe doesn’t pull this off all by himself. He is on the bed of the truck with his father, Kirk, who plays the guitar. His mom, Jona, is the driver. He’s also assisted by his sister-in-law, Candice, his brother, Hunter, and his girlfriend, Alyssa Clark, who work the cameras.
After the initial surprise wears off, it isn’t long before everybody starts to dance. Family members, young and old, dance with one another all while maintaining a smile and sharing a laugh. One woman even brings out a sign as a show of support.
The concert proves to be an emotional one as some onlookers cry as they watch Howe and his family bring joy and hope to anyone who feels like that they might be lacking it.
Aside from the neighboring houses getting involved in the celebration, a family of bicyclists even stop to enjoy the free show. Howe and his family truly touched entire communities with their performance.
Although Tanner Howe might not be a household name, he has been working as a musician for years to become one.
“The dream is to be a touring pop music artist and have my music reach as many people as possible,” he says.
Howe attended the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and works both as a solo artist and performs with a band. Though he plays guitar and piano, he says his main instrument is his voice.
There’s no doubt that he is putting it to good use!
If you’d like to see Howe and his family bring smiles to the faces of his family and friends, and possibly yours, you can watch their performance below!
You can also check out more of Tanner Howe’s music on platforms such as Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music. He currently has a solo project out called, “Record Head.”
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