Nathaniel Rateliff and Lumineers to perform at Save Our Stages Fest


Colorado spots the Boulder Theater as it looked in July 2010. (Cyrus McCrimmon, Denver Post file)

Seven months of economic and cultural chaos have left the music industry as battered as any. But unlike businesses or even individual artists, emergency funding for theater owners has rarely gone beyond standard payday loans.

That’s why independent sites have increasingly banded together to push for more federal and state action to help their closed, restricted and losing businesses. Visibility campaigns, such as last month’s fluorescent red demonstration of solidarity for the #WeMakeEvents campaign – have helped raise awareness while recently introduced laws such as Save Our Stages and RESTART Act aim to channel $ 10 billion to independent sites to avoid closure.

RESTART, in particular, was co-authored by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D) and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.).

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The statistics – inside and outside Colorado – remain stubbornly grim, with 90% of members of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) saying they will be forced to shut down permanently without federal help, a poll found. Independent theaters should also lose up to $ 8.9 billion if they stay dark for the rest of 2020, NIVA said.

In Colorado, the Boulder Theater is joining this weekend’s Save Our Stages Fest, or #SOSFest, as a venue. The three-day virtual event – October 16-18 on YouTube and produced by NIVA – will broadcast live a performance by Nathaniel Rateliff at 5:10 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, followed by a performance at 7:05 pm by The Lumineers. (These two nationally known Colorado bands have become fixtures on the musical performance circuit of 2020.)

The money raised during the show will go to the NIVA Emergency Aid Fund (, the organizers said in a press release. Both requests and donations are accepted.

The live broadcast (at will be hosted by Reggie Watts, leader of the comedy group and “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, and will also include performances by Foo Fighters, Brittany Howard, Dave Matthews, Dillon Francis, The Roots, Miley Cyrus, Reba McEntire and others – each from an independent concert hall in the United States like the Boulder Theater.

“Small concert halls and those that are really struggling are not only culturally important, they are also emotionally important,” Foo Fighters frontman Grohl said in a statement for the event. .

NIVA includes over 90 Colorado organizations as members, Denver music festivals and underground spaces for all ages at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, jazz clubs, historic theaters and comedy clubs.

The week of October 24-30 has also been designated as Independent Venue Week, which is designed to bring attention to the plight of independent venues with more programming and fundraising. The online event features live and recorded sets, educational content for students, and an online auction for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund.

“It was from this national network of independent sites cultivated by IVW (Independent Venue Week) over the past few years that NIVA was born,” the organizers said in a press release.

This week, Denver’s historic Oriental Theater also launched an online fundraising campaign to save the venue of the Highland district, which reliably offers a mix of punk, burlesque, movie screenings, comedy and other miscellaneous entertainment.

“While the Oriental Theater was able to reopen on August 1 for very small and socially distant performances, it can still only operate at 10% of capacity,” organizers said.

For each donation, fans will be “rewarded with tiered prizes ranging from $ 10 to $ 5,000,” according to a press release. “Highlighted prizes include: a full set of outfits with sticker, pin, t-shirt and hat for $ 80; a full private evening at the theater with a bar tab for $ 2,500; and sponsoring the lobby bar for $ 5,000, ”organizers said.

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3 Kings has announced its final closure during the coronavirus shutdown. This week, the owners of the Berkeley venue Tennyson Local 46 said they are closing permanently after Halloween due to financial losses from the pandemic.

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“They paid really well, were extremely professional, and covered all of the basics of a bar that Denver was really proud of, overall,” musician Lauren Gilliroy said of Local 46 in an email to The Denver Post. “Their absence will be felt in the music community and beyond. “

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