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Save Our Stages Fest aims to preserve U.S. independent venues

The day will come when it’s safe for musicians to perform in front of fans at now-shuttered bars, clubs and theaters, but until then, every effort needs to be made to preserve America’s independent venue infrastructure.

With that in mind, YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association have joined forces for the livestreamed Save Our Stages Fest from Oct. 16-18, with such artists as Foo Fighters, Reba McEntire, Black Pumas and Miley Cyrus performing from the Troubadour, the Ryman Auditorium, Whiskey a Go Go, Tipitina’s and elsewhere.

“The smaller music venues and the ones that are really struggling are not only culturally important, they are emotionally important,” Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl said in a statement.

Presenter Bud Light Seltzer will donate $1 million to NIVA as part of #SOSFEST; fans can donate to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund by clicking here.

The Save Our Stages Fest artist/venue lineup is as follows (schedule subject to change):

Adam Melchor: Hotel Café — Los Angeles

Alec Benjamin: Hotel Café — Los Angeles

Bea Miller: Teragram Ballroom — Los Angeles

Black Pumas: The Parish — Austin, Texas

Brittany Howard: Ryman Auditorium — Nashville, Tennessee

Brothers Osborne: Mercy Lounge — Nashville, Tennessee

Cautious Clay: World Cafe Live — Philadelphia

Dave Matthews: Jefferson Theater — Charlottesville, Virginia

Dillon Francis: Teragram Ballroom — Los Angeles

Dizzy Fae: First Avenue — Minneapolis

FINNEAS: Teragram Ballroom — Los Angeles

Foo Fighters: Troubadour — Los Angeles

G-Eazy: The Independent — San Francisco

Gus Dapperton: Le Poisson Rouge — New York

Jason Mraz: Belly Up — San Diego

JP Saxe: Troubadour — Los Angeles

Kelsea Ballerini: Exit/In — Nashville, Tennessee

Leon Bridges: Troubadour — Los Angeles

Little Big Town: Exit/In — Nashville, Tennessee

The Lumineers: Boulder Theater — Boulder, Colorado

Marshmello & Demi Lovato: Troubadour — Los Angeles

Macklemore: Neumos — Seattle

Major Lazer: Gramps — Miami

Miley Cyrus: Whisky a Go Go — Los Angeles

Monica: Center Stage — Atlanta

Nathaniel Rateliff: Boulder Theater — Boulder, Colorado

Phoebe Bridgers: Troubadour — Los Angeles

Portugal. The Man: Crystal Ballroom — Portland, Oregon

Reba McEntire: Ryman Auditorium — Nashville, Tennessee

The Revivalists: Tipitina’s — New Orleans

Rise Against: Metro — Chicago

The Roots: Apollo Theater — New York

Sebastián Yatra: Amaturo Theater — Fort Lauderdale, Florida

YG: Troubadour — Los Angeles

— By Chris M. Junior

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