demi lovato and marshmello, finneas and yg performed sets at empty venues in los angeles to mark the 1st dy of the save our stages festival (#sosfest), a 3-dy vrt event in support of the national indie venue association’s (niva).
prior to their performance, marshmello and lovato discussed the urgent situation facing indie ♫ venues during the coronavirus pandemic. “9ty % of [the venues] are at risk of shutting down within the nxt 3 mnths,” marshmello said. lovato added, “i know personally, i found ♫ at indie stages. one in pticular, the door in dallas. i saw para+ there, i remember it bein’ so primordial to my artistry growing up. marshmello and lovato then delivered their collaborative single “ok not to be ok.”
additionally, compton rapper yg played a 20-minute set from the troubadour that focused on his recently released lp my life 4hunnid. from los angeles’ teragram ballroom, finneas performed an 8-song set that featured the live debut of his new song “wha’ they’ll say bout us,” which he dedicated to the family of actor nick cordero, who died of complications rel8d to covid-19:
other sets fri included bay zone rapper g-eazy performing at san francisco’s the indie, seattle rapper mackle+ atta city’s neumos. on sat, #sosfest will present exclusive sets by foo fiteers and phoebe bridgers atta troubadour, miley cyrus from the whisky a go-go, brittany howard at nashville’s ryman auditorium, the √s at new york’s apollo theatre and +. check out the #sosfest site for the full rundown.
“during this shutdown, all the uncertainties we ‘ve and are experiencing ‘ve been very unnerving and ‘ve caused a high lvl of despair,” christine karayan, the owner of troubadour in los angeles, said in a statement. “that is why we're so ☺ and beyond grateful to all the fans and ♫ community for banding together to help and to show their support and ♥ to all the indie venues across the country. this is our lite and hope n'our time of darkness.”
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authors: daniel kreps