Essay: Why I Support #SaveOurStages

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River Whyless perform at DC9 in 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“Just as we talked about the community, I think it’s one thing to see an artist or a song in a one dimensional way, but what’s really inspiring is when you see an actual human being onstage with an instrument made of wood and wires, and one microphone, do something so moving that it conjures emotion and you fall into like a romantic state of loving life because people do great things.” — Dave Grohl, Alternative Nation, October 2019

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Around Town: Bipartisan Congressional Coalition Supports Music Venues

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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (R-Mo.) addresses the Third Way Think Tank on July 19, 2017. (Photo by Third Way Think Tank)

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) and 91 of their colleagues sent a bipartisan letter yesterday to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy urging congressional support for independent music venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Around Town: Shuttered DC Music Venues Produce Livestream Concerts

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Songbyrd Music House (Photo by Ben Eisendrath)

While DC’s music venues have been shuttered during the current emergency lockdown, several prominent concert halls have moved to hosting performances online.

So, here’s a round-up of DC venues hosting concerts on Facebook or Instagram along with when you can watch!

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Around Town: NIVA’s Call to Action

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The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) recently wrote to Congress to press for federal financial relief for music venues, which were “the first to close” and likely “the last to reopen” among businesses shuttered during the national pandemic.

NIVA is further urging individuals to take action and send a video or letter to their members of congress.

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