We all miss seeing top notch local and national music acts at our favorite local stages. And they miss seeing us too, not just because they like their customers, but they are also hurting from lack of revenue. Unfortunately The Rex Theatre has closed on the South Side. Hopefully, no more will close.
There is a nationwide movement to provide relief for vulnerable music venues, Save Our Stages. The abbreviation for the movement is also an acronym for the international symbol for distress in Morse code, SOS (save our ship).
The info from the Save Our Stages website states, “The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is partnering with YouTube for a 3-day virtual music festival to #SaveOurStages. #SOSFEST will live stream on NIVA’s official YouTube channel October 16-18 and will feature all new performances. This benefit event aims to generate significant awareness, advocacy and donations for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, directly supporting our most vulnerable venues experiencing catastrophic revenue loss.”
Participating artists include: Black Pumas, Brothers Osborne, Cautious Clay, Dave Matthews, Dillon Francis, Foo Fighters, G-Easy, Jason Mraz, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Macklemore, Marshmello & Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Monica, Nathaniel Rateliff, Portugal. The Man, Reba McEntire, The Roots, and more.
Performances will be livestreamed from some of the nation’s top stages including: The Apollo, Preservation Hall, Ryman Auditorium, Tipitina’s, Troubadour, Whisky A Go Go, World Cafe Live, and more. The Festival is hosted by Reggie Watts. 8 p.m.