Music venues were among the first businesses to close due to the coronavirus pandemic and they’ll likely be among the last to reopen.
They’ve been shuttered for six months and, with experts predicting live music won’t return until spring or later in 2021, that doesn’t seem likely to change soon.
Owners of nearly 3,000 venues have formed a new group, the National Independent Venue Association, to lobby for federal assistance to help stay afloat. Among them are stages that have played vital roles as springboards in musicians’ careers and music culture. Washington, D.C.’s iconic 9:30 Club, where The Smashing Pumpkins and Bob Dylan famously played, and Minneapolis’ First Avenue, which was featured in Prince’s film “Purple Rain,” are among NIVA’s charter members. Others include: the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where Elton John became a rock star; Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, where Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance