As part of our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, OPB reporters and photographers are capturing “Postcards from the Pandemic” – snapshots of people’s lives and their communities in this historic and unusual time.

Andy Emert is a fiddle champion who’s held multiple state and national titles. He was also a constant presence at David Kerr Violin Shop in Portland for nearly two decades where he sold and repaired instruments.

Like hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, he was recently laid off from his job. But as we found out, that experience hasn’t dampened his spirit — or his love of music. Since late March, Emert has been performing nightly in his Southeast Portland neighborhood for a selfless cause.