COVID-19: 'The Bitter End' for nation's live music venues?
Music clubs all over the nation pop culture icons like the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York's Greenwich Village are shuttered due to the coronavirus. Independent music clubs all over the nation — pop culture icons like the Troubadour in West Hollywood; the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee; The Bitter End in New York's Greenwich Village — are shuttered. Fundraising efforts, such as those by Nashville's Music Venue Alliance, and the possibility of more federal help are keeping him hopeful that they can buy themselves a few more months. Nobody plays the arena that didn't spend time touring the clubs.”In New York, The Bitter End owner Paul Rizzo agrees. “Stephanie Germanotta, when she played at The Bitter End, wasn't Lady Gaga yet," says Rizzo.
Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center listed for sale
DETROIT – As Michigan businesses slowly start to reopen, Detroit’s historic Majestic Theatre has been placed on the market. The Majestic Theatre and Magic Stick are both part of the National Independent Venue Association. In May, the organization estimated 90% of independent venues nationwide could close down permanently due to COVID-19. RELATED: Independent music venues look to Lansing for assistance amid pandemicIn 2018, the Majestic Theatre underwent a $1 million renovation to restore its façade and improve the stage and concert area. The Majestic Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
Independent music venues look to Lansing for assistance amid pandemic
Many stars -- from Motown to Bob Seeger, Big Sean, Madonna, Kid Rock, Jack White and Eminem -- became big names playing big venues, but the smaller venues have fostered an ongoing business and culture that’s in danger of disappearing. In May, the organization estimated 90% of independent venues nationwide could close down permanently due to COVID-19. There are more than 80 Michigan venues that are a part of NIVA, most are in Metro Detroit. These independent venues asked the federal government for assistance and didn’t receive any. NIVA said it needs about $10 million for the more than 80 independent venues across the state to stay afloat.