Independent Venue Week | Oct. 30 Schedule | #IVW20 Get Schooled

Today is the last day of this very different edition of Independent Venue Week. That also means that there are just 24 hours left on the #IVW20 Auction benefiting the NIVA Emergency Relief, which exists to help venues and promoters hardest hit by the pandemic. See anything you like among the many cool auction items? Now is the time…

Independent Venue Week | Oct. 29 Schedule | #IVW20 Get Schooled

Welcome to day 6 of #IVW20. Today, we welcome students of all ages to Get Schooled, a day for young professionals looking to get their start in the music/live events industry. Join us for Getting Your First Job, Putting on Your First Show, and Out of the Classroom.This evening, we also have 22 shows all over the country! See the full program at independentvenueweek.com. #IVW20…

Independent Venue Week | Oct. 28 Schedule | #IVW20

This week is flying by, but we’ve still got a lot of #IVW20 left for you, starting today with more #IVW20 Talks: Diversifying Your Audience and Beyond the Stage.Plus, 16 amazing shows from venues across the country.See the full program at independentvenueweek.com, and we’ll see you at the show (virtually)! #IVW20 Talks Diversifying Your Audience: How to book shows for audiences you…

Independent Venue Week | Oct. 27 Schedule | #IVW20

Wow, we’re already halfway through #IVW20! But, we’re not slowing down at all, because we have three #IVW20 Talks today: Insurance Triage, Hosting Sponsored Shows Without Selling Out, and Community Servants. In addition, we have 13 shows happening across the country, but you can watch most of them from your couch! See the full program at independentvenueweek.com. #IVW20 Talks Insurance Triage:  1 PM…

#IVW20 Get Schooled: A Day full of student-focused programming

This Thursday, October 29, Independent Venue Week is hosting Get Schooled: a free online event that will welcome students from music business programs or those with interest in the live events industry to meet and learn from live event professionals. We are hosting two virtual discussion panels: one focused on the future of the live…

Independent Venue Week | Oct. 26 Schedule | #IVW20

#IVW20 is well underway with a handful of shows all over the country, most of which you will be able to stream wherever you are. This third day marks the beginning of our #IVW20 Talks, which kicks off with the session But Wait, There’s More… Alternative Revenue Streams for Venues today at 2 pm EDT / 11 am…

Support NIVA’s #SaveOurStages Campaign

Independent Venue Week proudly supports the nationwide initiative to #SaveOurStages. As COVID-19 reached the US, Independent Venue Week assembled its community of independent venues and promoters to communicate in the face of this unprecedented crisis. Independent Venue Week hosted weekly virtual Town Halls, which led to the creation of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)….

Independent Venue Fundraiser Megathread

In these past several weeks, the novel coronavirus has brought much of everyone’s daily lives to a screeching halt. For independent venues, whose businesses are kept afloat by social gatherings and live events, the lasting economic effects of this pandemic will prove to be a daunting and unprecedented challenge, unlike anything they’ve experienced beforehand. With cancellations…

Independent Venues Unite to Deal with Crisis

With the Covid 19 Coronavirus leading to the widespread cancellation of public events, independent venues from around the world are now facing an unprecedented challenge, unlike anything they’ve experienced beforehand. On March 12th, 2020, Independent Venue Week hosted a digital conversation to an attendance of more than 75 live music professionals. In lieu of recent…

Helping in the wake of unexpected cancellations

With the cancellation of SXSW and many other major festivals and tours affected by the global health crisis, many venues face an uncertain future. Send us your open American dates and preferred method of contact through the end of this month and we’ll do our best to spread them through our network. Let us help…

Over 120 US Venues and Counting Announced for 2020

The third US edition of Independent Venue Week will take place July 6-12 with over 120 venues confirmed and counting Venues are still welcome to apply to participate in this year’s edition of Independent Venue Week Returning for its third iteration in the US, Independent Venue Week has announced the first round of confirmed venues for its…

IVW Founder chats to Simon Frantz at BBC.com

IVW Founder Sybil Bell dropped by the BBC.com offices in NYC during Independent Venue Week in the US and had a chat with Managing Editor, Simon Frantz. They had a cuppa (in Dr Who mugs outside the tardis – why wouldn’t you?)  to talk all things IVW in the US and UK and what’s next……..the…

Independent Venue Week wraps second US edition, announces 2020 event dates

Independent Venue Week 2020 will take place in the US from July 6-12 The  2019 event included more than 200 shows at 80+ venues across more than 50 cities in 28 states Venues interested in taking part in the 2020 event can apply here “We’re very excited and honored to…participate in this great event because it’s really…

US Venue Spotlight – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Having hosted a stellar show with The Get Up Kids for Independent Venue Week 2018, the downright legendary 9:30 Club returns. This DC venue has topped best nightclub lists in major music publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Pollstar more times than any other club in the country. It is also said to be the…

Full List of 2019 US Participating Venues and Shows

Independent Venue Week 2019 to include 200+ shows in 80+ venues across more than 50 cities in 28 US states Find an Independent Venue Week show near you HERE   Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite as its exclusive ticketing partner, announces the full list of participating venues. Participation in the…

Q&A – Meet Daniel Romandia, Marketing Director/Talent Buyer @ Harlow’s

Founded in 1982, Harlow’s is Sacramento’s favorite entertainment venue! Daniel Romandia has been seeing shows at Harlow’s long before he’s worked there and explains his favorite concert experience when he was freshly 21. Along with that unforgettable moment, another iconic scene spurred when Prince came to Harlow’s after performing in a much larger arena in the…

US Venue Spotlight – Los Angeles, CA – The Lodge Room

Packed with history, The Lodge Room in Los Angeles California dates back as far as 1922. The venue was originally the Highland Park Masonic Temple, and this stunning historical significance remains intact. Re-opened in 2017 as the music venue it’s known as today, The Lodge Room brings the best music to a unique space. The…

Q&A – Meet Rose LoPiccolo, General Manager @ White Eagle Hall

Although White Eagle Hall has survived 110 years as a place used for hosting opera and basketball games, it’s now ready to take on its new role in being the newest and most unique performance spaces in the Northeast! We talked to Rose LoPiccolo from White Eagle Hall, who says getting into live music was…

US Venue Spotlight – Austin, TX – Mohawk

Mohawk first opened its doors in 2006 and has since become a beloved venue and bar in the heart of downtown Austin. The venue is missioned with hosting audiences, musicians, and staff that represent all music tastes and all backgrounds, stressing that all are welcome at the Mohawk. Before opening as a venue, the building…

US Venue Spotlight – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

Warehouse Live in Houston, TX first opened its doors in 2006. Though they often have welcomed huge names such as Prince, Drake, Chris Cornell, The Black Keys, Chris Stapleton, ZZ Top, and Gary Clark Jr, Warehouse Live is just as committed to supporting local talent and allowing artists to get their start—they cater to all…

Q&A – Meet Nicole LaRae, Booking/Venue Manager @ The Pyramid Scheme

Meet Nicole LaRae from Grand Rapids, MI. Nicole heads up booking and is the venue manager at The Pyramid Scheme. This music industry badass is also the owner of Dizzybird Records. Since 2011, Nicole has felt a strong sense of community within her long-standing team at The Pyramid Scheme. Read below Nicole’s answers to what she…

US Venue Spotlight – Nasville, TN – Mercy Lounge

Mercy Lounge is a true music powerhouse in Nashville with three independent venues under one roof. Situated in the historic Cannery building, Mercy Lounge and its sister venues, Cannery Ballroom and The High Watt, are as loved by locals as they are nationally renowned. Since its opening in 2003, Mercy Lounge has hosted household names…

US Venue Spotlight – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Once a plumbing school and old social club, Saint Vitus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn became known as its now legendary self in 2011. Designed by bartenders, this venue perfectly balances both sleek and industrial elements to create the perfect modern NYC rock club. Saint Vitus is renowned for its commitment to New York’s heavy music community….

US Venue Spotlight – Akron, OH – Jilly’s Music Room

Jilly’s Music Room in Akron, Ohio features live music from local, national, and international touring acts, hosting four shows a week. The venue’s redbrick exterior and funky interior makes for a comfortable neighborhood vibe, and the small stage allows music fans to get up close and personal with the performers. Full of community spirit, Jilly’s…

US Venue Spotlight – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

Located in Salt Lake City, Kilby Court was opened in 1999 and is the city’s longest-running all ages music venue that hosts up to six shows a week. The venue has a strong, all ages, all-inclusive ethos, refraining from serving any alcohol. The interior and vibe of the venue provide a DIY/ garage rock atmosphere,…

US Venue Spotlight – Boston, MA – The Middle East

The Middle East in Cambridge opened in 1970. Back then, it existed as a Lebanese restaurant that occasionally hosted Lebanese bands. It wasn’t until 1987 that The Middle East saw its first rock concert. Ever since it was turned into a venue, The Middle East has grown to attract gradually larger audiences to its five…

US Venue Spotlight – New York, NY – Pianos

Since opening in 2002, Pianos in Manhattan has built a reputation as one of New York City’s most prominent independent venues. This two-story venue on the Lower East Side’s Ludlow Street has hosted some of the first concerts by artists such as Passion Pit, Tame Impala, SZA, Courtney Barnett, Imagine Dragons, Clap Your Hands Say…

US Venue Spotlight – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

Boasting the best patio in Deep Ellum, Club Dada, one of Dallas’ premier venues, hosts up to five shows a week. The venue is decked out with beautiful exposed brick, an excellent sound system, and an enticing rock n roll exterior. Their multi-colored neon sign is a spectacle that matches the excitement that goes on…

US Venue Spotlight – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord

Located underneath Swedish American Hall, Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco has been a local staple since 1907, offering great live music and drinks for over 110 years. When visiting Cafe Du Nord, you will notice the built-in seating and stunning hardwood bar. The venue underwent renovations in 2016 and is a comfortable, plush, speakeasy-style…

US Venue Spotlight – Durham, NC – Motorco

We are very excited to have another outstanding venue return this year; Motorco that hosted River Whyless as part of Independent Venue Week in 2018. When Motorco Music Hall opened its doors in 2010, the city of Durham gained more than just a beautiful music venue—it also saw an invaluable addition to its local music…

Independent Venue Week Announces More 2019 US Venues and Shows

75 venues – 47 cities – 27 states – #IVW19 Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite and Songtrust returning as sponsors, is pleased to announce more participating venues and shows. Growing from 20 venues in 20 cities last year to now including 75 venues in 47 cities and towns across 27 states. A…

US Venue Spotlight – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

Today, we look to Pittsburgh and another returning venue; Mr. Smalls Theatre. This beautifully repurposed 18th-century Catholic church is a truly unique space for live music. With local and national artists performing all year round, it is no wonder that this stunning setting has earned a reputation as Pittsburgh’s premier music venue. Mr. Smalls is…

US Venue Spotlight – New York, NY – SOBs

Sounds of Brazil, known as SOBs, is a legendary venue in SoHo on Manhattan that opened in 1982. The original premise of the venue was to expose the music and culture of the Afro-Latino Diaspora to New York audiences. Owner Larry Gold’s mission soon succeeded, and the venue is in existence almost forty years later….

US Venue Spotlight – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge

Nectar Lounge features a lush patio full of balmy plants and log cabin interior and has facilitated a tropical escape in the Seattle since opening in 2004. The venue brings talent from around the world to their stage with room for every genre from world music, folk, bluegrass, Americana, funk, jam, hip-hop, electronic, DJ/dance, and more….

US Venue Spotlight – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.

Deep Ellum Art Co. returns to Independent Venue Week. It is a creative space that opened a little under two years ago in the lively Deep Ellum entertainment district of Dallas, TX. The venue’s offerings count not just live music in both in- and outdoor spaces, but also indoor art galleries, outdoor street art displays,…

US Venue Spotlight – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint

Located in Asbury Park, New Jersey, The Saint has been bringing original live music to the Jersey Shore for 25 years. The Saint presents over 300 shows annually. The venue is extremely committed to local talent, often offering two or three opening spots to local artists per night. Both local music fans and global tourists…

US Venue Spotlight – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s

Home to an extensive range of live music, a nightclub, a restaurant, an outdoor patio and a bar, Harlow’s in Sacramento is the area’s favorite entertainment venue. It was founded in 1982 and features both nationally renowned musicians and local acts. Harlow’s strives to be much more than a regular venue. Its art deco setting and…

US Venue Spotlight – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

The legendary Minneapolis Danceteria First Avenue returns to Independent Venue Week for a second year in a row. First Avenue has been the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis since 1970 when a music venue was opened in an old Greyhound Bus Depot. Yes, that is over 45 years ago! This makes First…

US Venue Spotlight – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.

Morgantown in West Virginia is rich in history and 123 Pleasant St. has played a huge part in that history over the last century. Although the venue as it is now known was opened in 1998, its location was built in 1891 as a large apartment block building where locals and families lived. Thirty years later,…

US Venue Spotlight – Gainesville, FL – High Dive

Previously the legendary rock venue Common Grounds, High Dive in Gainesville opened in 2011 in the same location and has been bringing the best talent to Florida ever since. Once listed as one of the 100 Greatest American Venues by Consequence of Sound, the venue has played host to many legendary bands and performers over…

US Venue Spotlight – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

Established twenty-one years ago, Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont has hosted an array of the best artists across two stellar rooms since 1998. The home of both The Ballroom and the Showcase Lounge, the venue hosts shows every night of the week with an eclectic range of popular local and international artists. A great deal…

US Venue Spotlight – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop

Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, California celebrates fifteen years in business this year. It is an eclectic music venue that opened in 2004 on Van Ness Avenue. The space was once a TV Studio and so has always had a showbusiness-feel about it. However, when the studio became a venue in 2004, it officially came…

US Venue Spotlight – New York, NY – The Delancey

The Delancey, located in New York’s Lower East Side celebrates its fifteenth this year and will be part of Independent Venue Week. The venue, consisting of three floors, is home to a downstairs music lounge, main level bar, and a stunning tropical rooftop garden that peers over the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg bridge. The…

US Venue Spotlight – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage

The Kent Stage was constructed in 1927 in Kent, Ohio, originally as a vaudevillian theater. Nowadays, the venue has a strong focus on folk, blues, country, and reggae having been taken over by The Western Reserve Folk Association in 2002. They host a plethora of music festivals each year from the Kent Folk Festival, the…

Independent Venue Week Announces First Round of 2019 US Shows, More Participating Venues

Featuring lineups with Soccer Mommy, The Beths, Cate Le Bon, Bill Callahan, The Get Up Kids, and many more Venues are still welcome to apply to participate in this year’s edition of Independent Venue Week Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite and Songtrust returning as sponsors, has announced its first round of shows, including performances…

US Venue Spotlight – City Winery

City Winery will celebrate Independent Venue Week across six cities. With their unique concept that was born in 2006, City Winery now has venues in New York, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington D.C., with Philadelphia opening later this year. Founded by Michael Dorf, the City Winery concept was created with the idea of marrying…

US Venue Spotlight – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

Empty Bottle opened its doors in 1992 in the Ukrainian Village in Chicago, Illinois. It was originally a tiny bar with a small selection of beers that could be purchased for no more than a dollar fifty each. A year later it moved to its new location two blocks away, kitted out with a brand-new…

US Venue Spotlight – Chicago, IL – Reggies

Reggies, once a run-down auto bumper shop, now marries three strong elements to form an outstanding venue in Chicago. Opened in 2007, the venue houses a bar and grill with an impeccable menu, a legendary rock club, and a rooftop all within one building. Unsurprisingly, the venue has been listed as one of the 10…

US Venue Spotlight – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

Returning to Independent Venue Week this year after a triumphant show with Liily in 2018 is The Echo in Los Angeles. Since The Echo opened in 2001, it has become the go-to destination for major local music events in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood. The venue hosts dance nights and shows with touring artists all…

US Venue Spotlight – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe

Club Cafe is a renowned live music venue and an iconic staple of Pittsburgh’s historic South Side district. Hosting live music every single night, Club Cafe is host to a lineup of touring acts from all over the world as well as local artists from Pittsburgh’s entertainment scenes. With fifteen beers on tap and a…

US Venue Spotlight – New York, NY – Arlene’s Grocery

Arlene’s Grocery located in New York’s Lower East Side is one of this year’s most unique venues. The space started as a bodega and a butcher shop which, remains evident from its eye-catching vintage grocery store exterior. It was opened as a live music venue in 1995 and was one of the first music clubs…

US Venue Spotlight – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

Beachland Ballroom returns to Independent Venue Week this year after hosting fantastic sets with Falling Stars and Maura Rogers and The Bellows in 2018.  The venue was opened in 2000 by owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy (at the time, the booker for iconic venue Pat’s in the Flats and member of Cleveland band Satan’s…

US Venue Spotlight – San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall

Swedish American Hall first opened in 1907 in San Francisco, California. From the moment you visit the venue, you will notice the stunning art deco feel. This space is all about music, food, drink, and community. Café du Nord—another member of the Independent Venue Week family—is located in the basement of Swedish American Hall. Designed…

US Venue Spotlight – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

191 Toole is an all ages venue in Downtown Tucson. With a slogan of ‘standing room, unless otherwise noted,’ this venue is all about live music. Built in 1923, the warehouse at 191 East Toole Avenue served as a refrigerated transfer station for the Union Pacific Railroad, the initial location for the Tucson Museum of…

US Venue Spotlight – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre

The Nile Theater is a multi-room venue in Downtown Mesa, Arizona. Established in 1924 it is one of the state’s largest all-ages independent venues. From its basement to the coffee shop to its main room, The Nile Theater has a lot to offer. It acts as a multi-purpose space where everything from concerts to record…

US Venue Spotlight – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR is returning to Independent Venue Week for the second year in a row after an excellent show with Jeremy Enigk in 2018. The venue was opened in 2004 in Portland’s Lower Burnside neighborhood and has had a big impact on the local music scene ever since. This state-of-the-art venue,…

US Venue Spotlight – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club

Turf Club—St. Paul’s most authentic rock bar—resides in a site that is almost 100 years old. First opened in the 1940s, the venue has witnessed every type of music era from 1940s country, 60s folk, 70s dance to 80s grunge. Turf Club is a historic landmark and a leader in the live music game. Natives…

US Venue Spotlight – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre

The UC Theatre in Berkeley, California is a multi-tiered venue with a capacity of 1,400 that houses live music from an array of genres. First opened in 1917, the theatre originally ran as a cinema showing domestic and foreign films. In 2001,  then-owners, Landmark, closed the UC Theatre. Fifteen years later it re-opened and is now…

US Venue Spotlight – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live

Set in a renovated Art Deco factory building in the University City District of Philadelphia, World Cafe Live has been offering the best local, national, and international artists on two stages since 2004. From hosting one of Adele’s first US performances to showcasing artists such as Alabama Shakes, Graham Nash, and 2019 Grammy-winner Kacey Musgraves,…