We all enjoyed plenty of entertainment during the COVID–19 lockdown. From movies to TV to music, we relied on the arts to keep entertained during quarantine.

But, how did artists manage to stay creative during these times? Not only that, how did they manage to make an income off their art?

“It was definitely more difficult to find inspiration throughout the pandemic,” says Luke Ogea, a Marquette-area musician. “I think a lot of us as artists get our inspiration from interactions with people through everyday life. During the pandemic we didn’t have that, so we were just getting inspiration through a screen.”

Now that businesses are opening open, Ogea and his band are as busy as ever.

“It went from 0 to 100 really fast with everything opening up.”

Support local musicians by visiting Facebook groups like Marquette Music Scene where dates and locations of upcoming shows are listed.