Van Dale launches "Stay at Home and Chill" tour

Joel Oliphint
A very Dale concert poster

With the cancellation of concerts and the sequestering of music fans in their homes, Columbus trio Van DaleJoe Camerlengo, Lisa Brokaw and Tim Horak — is finding new ways to deploy rock music as a salve. 

"In these times of dark uncertainty, a lot of us feel helpless, with nothing but time alone to be scared," Van Dale posted on Facebook yesterday. "Well, we are all in this same terrible boat together, fam. So, if you want to tune in for the next 3 Saturday nights, Van Dale will be performing low-fi sets from home via FB & IG live. Each week will be a different Dale album — starting with songs from our self-titled album — tomorrow night. I hope this can offer you a glimmer of humanity in these f*cked up, isolated circumstances."

"Everyone is just so scared," Camerlengo said in a follow-up text. "And a lot of artists are understandably internalizing this fear as, 'What's going to happen to me?' I wanted to try to harness some of the 'How can I use my art to help calm the people around me?' vibe. So this is that attempt. I want to try to alleviate some isolated madness in all the wonderful people around me."

Tune in to Van Dale's social media channels tonight at 9 p.m. for a lo-fi rendition of the trio's self-titled album (a modern-day Columbus classic), and then the next pair of albums on the following two Saturdays, March 21 and 28.