Today is an historic day for independent music venues across the country. Why you ask? Well let me tell you. Today (specifically July 9th, 2018) marks the first day of the inaugural American edition of Independent Venue Week, which began in the UK five years ago and has seen fantastic growth with each iteration.
Per the event’s website:
Independent Venue Week is launching in the US from July 9–15, 2018 to unite venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers across a nationwide series of gigs. This is a unique live music project that, although it runs across the whole United States, has a completely local feel—there’s nothing else like it.
Independent venues continue to give artists the early experience of playing live in front of an audience. For fans, these are the venues are somewhere to get up close to artists that, one day, may well be playing stadiums. And for the working industry, these are the venues where new talent gets discovered and behind-the-scenes careers are fostered. Independent venues are the backbone of the live music scene, and Independent Venue Week annually recognizes all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
We lucky music fans here in the Boston area get to participate this evening as Cambridge, MA venue Middle East – Upstairs hosts the first ever Independent Venue Week show highlighting three local acts! Tonight’s showcase features Zonez, Blueberry Syrup, & Mokamazo and you would be silly to miss the beginning of something that is sure to sweep across the nation like a music wildfire.
Chuck D has been named the honorary artist ambassador for the inaugural US version of Independent Venue Week and you don’t want to let him down do you? No, no you don’t! So check your city and see if a venue in your town is participating and get yourself there pronto. As for all of you local readers, do Music Savage and Chuck D proud and head to Middle East tonight to support a great local venue and amazing local musicians.
TICKETS for Zonez, Blueberry Syrup, & Mokamazo @ Middle East – Upstairs / 18+, $10 advance/day of show, 8:00pm doors
Independent Venue Week Website