Around Town: 2020 Wammie Awards Survey

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The MusicianShip Executive Director Jeffrey Tribble speaks at the 2019 Wammie Awards at the Lincoln Theatre. (Photo by Shaughn Cooper)

The Washington Area Music Awards (known as the Wammies) were originally scheduled to be announced in an awards ceremony at the Lincoln Theatre this past weekend. That didn’t happen due to the DC citywide lockdown and the ban on mass gatherings issued by Mayor Muriel Bowser to combat the coronavirus threat several weeks ago.

The MusicianShip, the nonprofit producer of the Wammie Awards, has been working with DC city’s government and health and arts partners to learn more about how it might deliver the 2020 Wammie Awards winners in a remote or virtual format.

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Livestream Preview: Allison Moorer @ Facebook Live, 3/28/20

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Allison Moorer (Photo by Heidi Ross)

Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer released her autobiography Blood: A Memoir last year via Da Capo Press. She’s since been in the DC area a few times to chat about her book and play songs and to perform in a show with her husband Hayes Carll.

If you missed either of those concerts, you can catch her play a free livestream at Facebook Live on Saturday, March 28.

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Livestream Preview: Rhett Miller @ StageIt, 3/25/20

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Rhett Miller (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

With more time at home, folks are flocking to broadcast avenues like Twitch and Zoom. While it’s not easy to replace the live concert experience, StageIt, another broadcast site gaining popularity, is giving it a go with remarkable results.

See for yourself by catching Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller in a solo show at StageIt on Wednesday, March 25.

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Around Town: Revisit Live at 9:30 Club

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The English Beat performs at 9:30 Club on Oct. 11, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The 9:30 Club may be closed at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you still can visit the nation’s No. 1 music hall virtually.

In 2016-17, 9:30 Club teamed up with PBS for a live concert series called Live at 9:30 Club. Those concert performances are available for you while you’re home alone (or any other time you may want to watch)!

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Around Town: Emergency Relief Funds for Music Venue Staff

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A sign announcing a coronavirus closing (Photo by Ted Eytan)

DC has closed its music venues to efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, staffers at concert halls around town are out of work.

Management at several music venues have established relief funds for their workers, allowing the public to donate directly to efforts to provide money directly to venue staff.

Should you ever have enjoyed a show at any of the venues below, please consider a donation to thank the hard-working staff who helped make it a great experience. Parklife has compiled a list below of music venues administering support funds, along with a statement posted by the management of each.

Parklife will udpate this list as relevant. Feel free to add info on relief efforts for music venue staff in the comments.

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