I.C.Y.M.I.: Keep Music Live Streams 'Band Together Washington' Benefit Supporting Venues Across the State
Greetings, fellow pop culture aficionados, and welcome to week 51 of ourI.C.Y.M.I.(In Case You Missed It) blog series, where we recap a handful of trending tidbits from the past week(s) in popular culture, in case you missed them.
'Band Together Washington' Virtual Music Showcase Raises Funds For Local Venues
Some of the biggest names in Washington music and entertainment came together online Thursday evening for a benefit showcase supporting small, independently-owned venues in our state.
'Band Together Washington,' put on by Keep Music Live Washington and hosted by rapper/producer Sir Mix-A-Lot and Visqueen singer-songwriter-guitarist Rachel Flotard, featured concert rarities, discussions, memories, and live performances.
The list of on-screen supporters was long, including several artists with ties to MoPOP like 2019 Founders Award honoree Brandi Carlile, Sound Off! and The Residency alum Travis Thompson, and Mike McCready, who introduced historical concert footage from Pearl Jam's 2002 show at The Showbox and from the band's first night at the 2018 Home Shows in Seattle. Many, manymore artists, entertainers, and music industry professionals were involved, which you can check out in the full stream embedded above.
"It's where you made connections, it's where you played music, it's where you started bands," McCready says of local venues' impact. "All the clubs that were out back then up until recently have been incredibly important for bands to hone their music."
Seattle hip-hop artist Macklemore adds: "They have been the vessel in which I've connected with an audience. I truly am forever in gratitude for these independent venues that have housed memories, created the magic. As a fan, as a performer, it's been an absolute privilege to experience these spots."
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