For a digital music producer to give a section a more open and airy quality is quick and easy — just twist the reverb knob. For a live performer on an acoustic instrument it’s time consuming and difficult — change your hand position, embouchure, or breathing, and then practice until it’s second nature. But there is a tangible reward for the extra labor.
I could play live music for slow food events like farmer’s markets, though it would be an uphill battle to get the booking and make the music come alive outdoors. I wonder what other real-world events would be good venues?