Independent Venue Week is all about promoting independently run music venues and after the event successfully launched in the U.K. in 2014, it will now make its U.S. debut this summer.
The event will run from July 9-15 in celebrated music venues across the country, hitting cities like Austin, Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, Seattle, Minneapolis and others. The initial shows announced so far include acts such as The Lone Bellow, Western Medication, LEV and The Get Up Kids, with more to be announced. Several of the venue dates have been confirmed, while some have yet to be locked in.
IVW is partnering with Eventbrite and Songtrust, and is being produced and promoted by Marauder.
IVW founder Sybil Bell said in a statement:
It’s so exciting to see the first edition of Independent Venue Week in the U.S. come together. We’ve been talking with the brilliant team at Marauder for a few years about making this happen. The list of founding venues announced so far is so strong. It feels like this is the perfect foundation to celebrate these spaces all across the U.S., with more amazing venues to be announced. As we celebrated our fifth birthday in the U.K. this year with a ten-fold increase in participating venues from year one, we hope we can expand in the U.S. in the same way. It sets the scene to make this a true celebration of venues globally over the coming years.
Marauder managing partner/co-founder Rev. Moose also added:
We are humbled to have such outstanding venues as part of the inaugural American event. The owners and operators of these independently owned venues face daily challenges unique to their spaces. We look at the American launch of Independent Venue Week as a chance to celebrate these people that are the cornerstones of their individual communities. The success of the UK event is a glowing model that shows the potential of what can be done on American soil. This upcoming week of special events is a great way to refocus people’s attention on the rooms that build musical careers.
Check out the confirmed dates, venues and acts so far below and visit the IVW website for more information here.
Independent Venue Week Dates:
11 – Dallas, Texas @ Deep Ellum Art Co (presenting LEV)
12 – New York, N.Y. @ Pianos
13 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge/The High Watt (presenting Western Medication)
13 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls Theatre (presenting The Lone Bellow)
15 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club (presenting The Get Up Kids)
Austin, Texas @ Hotel Vegas
Boston, Mass. @ The Middle East
Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
Durham, N.C. @ Motorco Music Hall
Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Echo
Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Cafe Live
Seattle, Wash. @ The Crocodile