Musicians Are Going Live from Local Clubs to Inspire Fans to ‘Save Our Stages’

YG, Finneas, Phoebe Bridgers, and others will perform this weekend at iconic indie venues

Everyone who has desperately missed seeing live music at the Troubadour, Hotel Cafe, Teragram Ballroom, or the Whiskey a Go Go, will finally get a chance to see performances at their favorite spots this weekend–virtually, at least. For three days, October 16 through 18, artists will come together for a “festival” of individual, distanced performances streamed live from iconic independent venues across the U.S. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for small clubs pushed to the brink of permanent closure due to COVID-19.

Some estimates have projected that as many as 90 percent of independent American music venues may go out of business due to the pandemic. Groups that advocate for the industry are calling for a government bailout program for the arts—similar to pandemic aid packages targeting airlines and other sectors—but any hope of federal intervention now appears off the able at least until after the election.

If small stages disappear, not only will cities become more boring places to live, it’s also likely to have a ripple effect throughout the entertainment industry. Even in 2020, not every new artist becomes a star by going viral on TikTok; many musicians, comedians, and other live performers build their fan bases by connecting with audiences in smaller clubs, and sustain their careers by touring.

Save Our Stages Fest, presented on YouTube, is free to watch, but viewers are encouraged to donate to the Emergency Relief Fund established by the National Independent Venue Association, an organization founded in April to lobby on behalf of at-risk performance spaces. Money raised will be distributed to businesses who have demonstrated they’re in urgent need of cash to stay afloat.

Save Our Stages Fest Performers:

Adam Melchor
Alec Benjamin
Bea Miller
Black Pumas
Brittany Howard
Brothers Osborne
Cautious Clay
Dave Matthews
Dillon Francis
Dizzy Fae
Foo Fighters
Gus Dapperton
Jason Mraz
JP Saxe
Kelsea Ballerini
Leon Bridges
Little Big Town
The Lumineers
Major Lazer
Demi Lovato
Miley Cyrus
Nathaniel Rateliff
Phoebe Bridgers
Portugal. The Man
Reba McEntire
The Revivalists
Rise Against
The Roots
Sebastián Yatra

Live Streaming Venues: 

9:30 Club
Amaturo Theater
Apollo Theater
Cain’s Ballroom
Belly Up Tavern
Boulder Theater
Center Stage
Crystal Ballroom
First Avenue
Hotel Cafe
(Le) Poisson Rouge
Mercy Lounge
Preservation Hall
Ryman Auditorium
Teragram Ballroom
The Independent
The Jefferson Theater
The Parish
Whiskey A Go-Go
World Cafe Live

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