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Want Capitol Hill’s music clubs to reopen? ‘Band Together’ Thursday night

Thursday night, dozens of Pacific Northwest artists will take part in a livestream event to raise awareness and funding for helping independent music venues through the COVID-19 crisis.

Despite allowances as the state moves to the next phase of reopening that would technically allow capacity-limited crowds, most venues remain shuttered under the complicated web of bookings and sales required to support a live music business.

CHS reported on the early warnings from clubs like Neumos and Chop Suey about the unique challenges the industry faced. Those early concerns have only grown even as reopening has accelerated.

Steven Severin of Neumos and Life on Mars is hoping people will get involved with the keepmusiclivewa.com cause and tune into Thursday’s Band Together Washington broadcast:

Hi friends. Maybe you’ve heard about this event we’ve been working on with Keep Music Live and WANMA in WA over the last 6 months and we are finally letting y’all know who’s on board. It’s more like who’s not since everybody we asked said yes.

I’m asking 3 things of you. Watch the event, donate to help Indie Music Venues, and tell every single person you note. Share on socials, email, carrier pigeon, however you tell folks about the event of the year, do that. I thank you.

This is a livestream event showcase feat. many of WA state’s fave artists and friends in conversation about saving our Indie Music Venues. This event is host by Sir Mix-A-Lot and Rachel Flotard. The party will feat. concert rarities, discussion, live performances, and good times with:

Ali Hedrick • Allen Stone • Brandi Carlile • Cedric Walker • Chris Ballew • Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band • Daniel Pak • Duff McKagan • Eva Walker • Foo Fighters • Gifted Gab • Jeremy Enigk • Joel McHale • Karli Ingersoll • Kathleen Hanna • Macklemore • Manny Cawaling • Matt Cameron • Megan Jasper • Mike McCready • Nate Mendel • Neko Case • Pearl Jam • The Presidents of the United States of America • Rainn Wilson • Shannon Welles • The Black Tones • Tomo Nakayama •Tres Leches • Trey Many • Visqueen • Walking Papers • and MORE!

Band Together Washington Event Details

There have been other efforts to help. Neumos took out a federal PPP loan for more then $350,000 to help pay employees in a reported 70 jobs while Chop Suey’s loan totaled $86,000 for 15 jobs. The PPP loans are eligible to be fully forgiven if the accepting businesses meet program requirements including keeping or rehiring employees while also maintaining salary levels.

Meanwhile, many venues also received a boost from the King County arts COVID-19 relief fund.

With nearly 30 years since its start as Moe’s Mo’Roc’N Café in an old Salvation Army at the corner of 10th and Pike, Neumos faces an uncertain future. But its fortunes appear a little better than most. The building it calls home is co-owned by Neumos partner and longtime neighborhood investor Jerry Everard.

Without more help and faster recovery, other venues may be less likely to survive.


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Nathan
Nathan
26 days ago

Neumos took out a FORGIVEABLE federal PPP loan for more than $350,000 to help pay employees. Basically, a tax exempt grant. Not a loan they have to pay back.

JCW
JCW
26 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

And? Happy that Neumos was able to take advantage of the program. Hundreds of other venues have not been so lucky and need your help. Unless you want everything to be owned by Live Nation.

Nathan
Nathan
26 days ago
Reply to  JCW

No “and.” Just clarifying that it’s not a loan they have to pay back as the article implies.

JCW
JCW
26 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

Got it, apologies that I misread.

jseattle
Admin
26 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

Added clarification on the forgiveness eligibility for the loans

Steven Severin
24 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

It can only be partially forgiven if it goes to paying employees which is a huge problem because we’re 100% closed. The PPP allowed us to not close our doors, but it does get paid back. The SVOG that we’re going to apply for doesn’t need to get paid that. Venues get that and we’ll all be in a lot better shape. Nobody can go a year with zero income and make it without massive help. We worked all year to get that help from the govt.Look fwd to getting back to doing what we do and that’s put on live shows. Soon my friends.

James T.
James T.
26 days ago

Helllll yeah let’s get Neumos up and running please. I’m ready for normal life

Steven Severin
24 days ago
Reply to  James T.

Working on it. Just heard everyone can get the vax after May 1st now. Keep moving our timeline up! We’re ready!