Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — Independent live music venues across the nation have had their doors closed due to safety concerns posed by large gatherings. While other small businesses have qualified for PPP assistance that isn’t the case for music venues. Additionally, music venues have reported experiencing upwards to 90% revenue loss.
It is the fear that temporary closures of venues will lead to permanent closures. In response to this reality, a #SaveOurStages initiative has been organized by the National Independent Venue Association.
“Without support from Congress, 90% of NIVA’s independent venues across America say they will be forced to close their doors forever.”Save Our Stages and Support S. 4258/H.R. 7806, Save Our Stages Act, & S. 3814/H.R. 7481, the RESTART Act
The Spot on Kirk in Roanoke is spreading awareness about the Save our Stages mission by collaborating with the Maine-based duo, Oshima Brothers.
Sean and Jamie Oshima produce indie-pop music. Sean is a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. Jamie is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, playing everything from guitar, fiddle, drums, the keyboard, bass, flute to even the harmonica. The duo is incredibly talented, even producing their own music videos.
Now, the brothers are using their talents to give back to the venues. The Oshima Brothers say The Spot on Kirk has always taken good care of them and they have enjoyed playing the intimate venue. In lieu of playing The Spot on Kirk in person, Sean and Jamie Oshima are offering a live virtual concert to spread awareness about the #SaveOurStages initiative.
The concert will stream on Thursday, August 20th at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.