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Independent Venue Week Sets Full List of Participating Venues & Shows

Soccer Mommy
Natalia Mantini

Soccer Mommy

Independent Venue Week is returning to the U.S. for its second annual run of shows from July 8-14. The full list of venues and shows has been released with more 200 performances across 80+ venues. More than 50 cities across 28 states will host shows from artists including Soccer Mommy, The Beths and Cate Le Bon.

Founded by Sybil Bell, Independent Venue Week launched in the UK in 2014. The event highlights and celebrates spaces across each territory with a venue-curated concert series with U.S. venues The Mohawk in Austin, The Crocodile in Seattle, First Avenue in Minneapolis, Doug Fir Lounge in Portland and The 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. returning as hosts.

New venues slated to join the summer festivities include The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, Harlow’s Sacramento, The Satellite in Los Angeles and Empire Control Room in Austin. In Nashville, the Exit/In, The Hight Watt, Marathon Music Works and the returning Mercy Lounge will also participate in the concert series.

In addition, Independent Venue Week includes performances by DIY star Soccer Mommy at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh and The Broadberry in Richmond, New Zealand indie rock upstarts The Beths at Indianapolis' HI-FI and Welsh experimental songwriter Cate Le Bon at The Crocodile in Seattle.

Following in the footsteps of Chuck D of Public Enemy of Prophets of Rage as artist ambassador for the inaugural 2018 initiative, it was announced earlier this year that two-time Grammy Winner Fantastic Negrito would serve as the 2019 ambassador for Independent Music Week.

"Fantastic Negrito started playing on the streets, and independent venues gave us our first shot. In a business that doesn't know what to do with artists that don't fit in a box, they're on the front lines, bringing great live music to people everywhere," said Xavier Dphrepaulezz (a.k.a. Fantastic Negrito) in a release.

For a full list of Independent Music Week shows and participating venues, head here.


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