Independent Venue Week Announces Big Freedia as 2022 Artist Ambassador

Independent Venue Week marks its fifth year stateside with shows taking place across the country July 11 – 17 Independent Venue Week will return for its fifth year July 11 – 17, 2022. Today, the event announces Big Freedia as 2022 Artist Ambassador and shares the first round of venues set to participate in the…

Stanton Moore sits down with Brian “Tank” Greenberg, to discuss Tipitina’s impact in the new Independent Venue Speak Episode

Tune into hear GRAMMY award-winning percussionist Stanton Moore sit down with Brian “Tank” Greenberg, General Manager of Tipitina’s to discuss the venue’s legacy. A staple of New Orleans music and culture since 1977, Tipitina’s has long stood as a touchstone of the city’s vibrant, world-renowned music scene. The venue has played  host to generations of NOLA musical royalty…

Mike Monford and Shahida Mausi discuss The Aretha’s legacy in the new Independent Venue Speak Episode

Join guest host, jazz saxophonist Mike Monford, as he chats with Shahida about The Aretha and what the stage means to the city of Detroit. In its 37 years, the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit has hosted iconic artists such as Abbey Lincoln, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Maxwell, Kendrick Lamar, and the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha…

We’re celebrating halfway through our inaugural season of Independent Venue Speak, and #IVW22 wrapping up in the UK!

The first season of Independent Venue Speak is at thehalfway point – listen today! We’re halfway through our inaugural season of Independent Venue Speak in partnership with See Tickets. Over the past six episodes, we’ve had the pleasure of sharing stories from iconic venues such as Arlene’s Grocery (New York, NY), 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), The Fire (Philadelphia, PA),Wave (Witchita, KS), The Camel (Richmond, VA), and The Crocodile (Seattle, WA). Featuring guest hosts such as Bartees…

Butcher Brown & The Camel on ‘Independent Venue Speak’

The final ‘Independent Venue Speak’ episode of the year is live! Tune into another great story on the symbiosis between artists and independent venues, highlighting The Camel in Richmond, VA, told by owner Lucas Fritz and a band that has quite literally grown up in the space.  Hailing from Richmond, VA, Butcher Brown interpolates jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, and more into their distinct…

Rudy Love Jr. and WAVE on ‘Independent Venue Speak’

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and we’re especially grateful to release a brand new episode of Independent Venue Speak! Hosted by R&B luminary Rudy Love Jr., this episode covers the development of the Wichita music scene, the aspiration to grow beyond the “tertiary market” category, and the formation of Wichita’s iconic venue: WAVE. Rudy Love Jr. is a music artist from Wichita,…

Schoolly D and The Fire on ‘Independent Venue Speak’

It’s a family affair! Join Philly hip-hop legend Schoolly D, his daughter Jordan, and Karen Saillant, owner of The Fire, as they discuss the stories that tie them together. Schoolly D reflects on late nights, DIY bathrooms, and musical exploration at The Fire on ‘Independent Venue Speak.’ Following his success in the 80s, Philly hip-hop legend Schoolly built his very own loft “Batcave”…

Wrapping World’s Largest Celebration of Live Entertainment, Independent Venue Week announces 2022 dates

Independent Venue Week announces its 2022 dates after an outstanding week, hosting the world’s largest celebration of live music, comedy, and entertainment. Next year’s event is set to take place July 11 to 17, 2022, and Independent Venue Week is now accepting sign-ups from independent venues and promoters interested in being part of the celebration. “This past week, hundreds of…

Independent Venue Week Unveils Full 2021 US Program with over 450 Shows!

Independent Venue Week, running from July 12-18, 2021, has announced the full program and list of participating venues. With 367 venues from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, this year’s event will be the largest to date. “Independent Venue Week exists to highlight the importance of independent stages all over the country, from the busiest of cities to the smallest…