The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has announced the three-day Save Our Stages Fest virtual benefit event scheduled to air throughout this weekend (October 16th-18th).
The pop festival will feature headlining performances from Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, The Roots, and many more as filmed from 25 various fan-favorite independent venues across the country ranging from 9:30 Club, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Appolo Theater, Belly Up Tavern, Boulder Theater, Crystal Ballroom, Exit / In, First Avenue, The Independent, The Jefferson Theater, Mercy Lounge, Preservation Hall, Ryman Auditorium, Teragram Ballroom, Tipitina’s, Troubadour, Whisky A Go Go, World Cafe Live, and more. The multi-day event will be hosted by comedian/musician Reggie Watts, and will look to raise money for the “NIVA Emergency Relief Fund” which benefits venues in desperate need to cash due to the ongoing hiatus of live events. The three-day festival has already received a $1 million donation from Bud Light Seltzer.
The lineup for Save Our Stages Fest also includes Black Pumas, Brittany Howard, Brothers Osborne, Dillon Francis, FINNEAS, G-Eazy, Jason Mraz, Leon Bridges, Little Big Town, The Lumineers, Macklemore, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Nathaniel Rateliff, Phoebe Bridgers, Portugal. The Man, Reba McEntire, The Revivalists, Rise Against, YG, and more.
“The smaller music venues and the ones that are really struggling are not only culturally important, they are emotionally important,” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said in a statement.
“Our nation’s most-loved venues are fighting to hold on because they’ve had no revenue since they’ve been shuttered by the pandemic in March,” said Stephen Sternschein, NIVA’s board treasurer. “It’s been brutal to watch as scores of them go under through no fault of their own while we continue to push for the Save Our Stages Act to pass. #SOSFEST will help save many of our nation’s most vulnerable and treasured venues by providing a lifeline to make it through this devastating time as we wait for federal relief.”
Tune into Save Our Stages Fest throughout the weekend via the video players below. Friday’s stream will begin promptly at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, while the Saturday and Sunday streams will begin at 4 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET, respectively.
Save Our Stages Fest Day 1 – 10/16/20
Save Our Stages Fest Day 2 – 10/17/20
Save Our Stages Fest Day 3 – 10/18/20
Last week, NIVA won a major victory as Congress passed the $2.2 trillion Heroes act which was recently amended to include the Save Our Stages Act. The SOS Act offers over $10 billion in much-needed funding for independent venues in the form of loans and non-repayable grants to keep up with payroll and other operating costs. Unfortunately, the Heroes Act still needs approval from the Senate, and President Donald Trump announced earlier this week that he would not approve any further COVID-19 stimulus packages until after the November election.
The full #SOSFEST schedule is here! ⚡️ Things kick off this Friday, Oct 16 @ 5PM PT/8PM ET and go all weekend long. Head to https://t.co/xdfYoIHZFO to catch your favorite artists streaming live from 25 of the most iconic independent venues across the US. Join in to #SaveOurStages pic.twitter.com/gdYPIAgrw0
— National Independent Venue Association (@nivassoc) October 15, 2020