(August 12, 2020)

WXII Video Link

Wanda Starke of WXII-TV 12 interviewed Dale Cole and Steve Jones as part of the popular 12 Inspires series, and discussed how the Virtual Village is raising money to support Providence Winston-Salem. Visit the WXII website for the full story.


(July 24, 2020)

The Virtual Village, a group of local musicians, creatives and entrepreneurs working to support the struggling service industry, is proud to announce the release of Beyond the Mask: Resurgence, the second digital album created to showcase the talents of local musicians who are stepping up to help those who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
“I think this pandemic has lasted longer than any of us could have predicted and has hurt a lot of our friends,” said Dale Cole, a founder of the group. “This is our way to try to support them through our shared language of music until bars and restaurants are fully reopened and we can enjoy live performances again.”
Contributors to the compilation have written and produced new songs that reflect the times we now face, and the money raised from the online sale of the album will go to Providence Winston-Salem, a social enterprise program of Second Harvest Food Bank designed to build lasting solutions to end hunger and poverty.
Artists appearing on the compilation include Evermore, Lindsey Ian Cole, Jason Ringenberg (formerly of Jason and the Scorchers), Envision, Scott Leftwich, Susanna MacFarlane, Steve Jones and Brooks Jones, Jesse Blair, Haymarket Riot, Eric Perrotti, Susan Terry, Cory Leutjen, Dale Cole, Joy And Tristan, Jeff Montgomery and OverReaction Jackson.
Beyond The Mask: Resurgence is currently available for purchase by going to the group’s Bandcamp page. Individual tracks can be purchased for $2 or the entire 16-song Volume Two is available for only $10. The 28-track Volume One is also available for $20.


(June 26, 2020)

The Virtual Village pick logo

The Virtual Village, a group of local musicians, creatives and entrepreneurs working to support the struggling service industry, is proud to announce a new visual identity and slogan: “One City, One Love.” This new design is available on t-shirts on the Virtual Village merch page in partnership with House of Rodan.

“We’ve made a lot of changes behind the scenes lately and we wanted a new look and slogan to reflect our commitment to inclusion,” said Dale Cole, a founder of the group. “Unfortunately we chose to stop working with our original sponsor because they did not share our ideals and values. But our new t-shirts and wristbands visually communicate our key mission of equity and inclusion for everyone.”

Virtual Village t-shirts at House of Rodan

The Virtual Village is also working on a replacement for the music trailer and will soon be launching the Virtual Village Showboat, bringing the sound and spirit of local musicians to neighborhoods throughout the city on a one-of-a-kind boat transformed into a mobile music stage. Wristbands include the “One City, One Love” slogan and are available for purchase at Coffee Park Airstream ($5 each, three for $10). T-shirts are available at The House of Rodan and feature a design in the shape of a guitar pick in four different color schemes and sizes from XS to 3XL. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts and wristbands will go to displaced service industry workers in Winston-Salem and The Forever Is Tomorrow Foundation.