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Independent Venue Week Announces Initial Venues for 2020 US Edition

Independent Venue Week has revealed the first round of participating venues for its 2020 U.S. edition, which will be the third iteration of the U.K.-founded initiative Stateside.

Independent Venue Week has revealed the first round of participating venues for its 2020 U.S. edition, which will be the third iteration of the U.K.-founded initiative Stateside. 

Each year, Independent Venue Week hosts a week-long series of venue-curated concerts around the country to celebrate the role of independent venues in fostering emerging talent, community and connection.

Over 120 independently owned venues in 70 cities across 32 states have confirmed their participation in this year’s event, which is slated to take place from July 6-12. That’s up from 83 venues last year and just 20 in the first year. The U.S. version of Independent Venue Week is produced by music marketing firm Marauder, while Eventbrite has returned as the official ticketing partner. Livestreaming technology company Big Room and Ascend Insurance Brokerage have also boarded as partners.


“Looking at the number of venues signing up this year for Independent Venue Week in the US is incredibly exciting,” said Independent Venue Week founder Sybil Bell, who launched the initiative in 2014. “Venues across both territories, and in fact, around the world have such a huge role to play in the development of artists and crew as well as local and national culture. I can’t wait to come back to the US again this year, visiting new venues and communities around the country and sharing in the rich live music scene.”   

In his own statement, Marauder managing partner Rev. Moose noted that last year’s edition saw 488 artists playing in front of 35,000 concertgoers. “We are particularly excited that several independent promoters will be joining us this year,” he added.

“Independent music venues and promoters need our support year-round, but it’s moments like Independent Venue Week that contribute significantly to a boost in awareness with fans while also shining a light on the challenges the industry is up against,” said Andy Donner, senior vp music and corporate development at Eventbrite, the event’s exclusive ticketing partner for the third year. “I’m proud that Eventbrite is partnering with Independent Venue Week for the third year running. Go see live music!”


Independent venues interested in taking part can apply to do so here.


Participating U.S. venues (as of Feb. 3):

Zydeco, Birmingham

The Nile Theater, Mesa
The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix
191 Toole, Tucson
Rialto Theatre, Tucson

The UC Theatre, Berkeley
Lodge Room, Los Angeles
The Satellite, Los Angeles
Elbo Room Jack London, Oakland
The Glass House, Pomona
The Dip, Redding
The Starlet Room, Sacramento
Soda Bar, San Diego
Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco

The Caribou Room, Nederland

District of Columbia
City Winery, Washington
9:30 Club, Washington

High Dive, Gainesville

The Foundry, Athens
City Winery, Atlanta

Wooly’s, Des Moines

Beat Kitchen, Chicago
Beauty Bar, Chicago
City Winery, Chicago
Empty Bottle, Chicago
Hideout, Chicago
Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Reggies, Chicago
Schubas, Chicago
Sleeping Village, Chicago
Subterranean, Chicago
Thalia Hall, Chicago
The Promontory, Chicago
Fitz’s Spare Keys, Elmhurst
SPACE, Evanston

8 Seconds Saloon, Indianapolis
HI-FI, Indianapolis
The Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis

Wave, Wichita

Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette
Howlin’ Wolf Music Club, New Orleans

City Winery, Boston
The Middle East, Boston
Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River
Gateway City Arts, Holyoke
ONCE Somerville, Somerville

The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids

Fine Line, Minneapolis
First Avenue, Minneapolis
The Turf Club, St. Paul

recordBar, Kansas City

North Carolina
The Orange Peel, Asheville
Motorco, Durham
Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh
Magnolia Roots Music Lounge, Wake Forest

New Jersey
Asbury Park Music Foundation, Asbury Park
The Saint, Asbury Park
White Eagle Hall, Jersey City

New York
Saint Vitus, Brooklyn
Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo
The Park Theater, Glens Falls
Arlene’s Grocery, New York
City Winery, New York
The Delancey, New York
Lola, New York
Pianos, New York
S.O.B.’s, New York
United Palace, New York

Jilly’s Music Room, Akron
The Auricle, Canton
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
The Kent Stage, Kent

Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

Doug Fir Lounge, Portland

Mr. Small’s Theatre, Millvale
Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia
Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia
Milkboy Philly, Philadelphia
World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
Underground Arts, Philadelphia
Club Cafe, Pittsburgh
Rex Theater, Pittsburgh
118 North, Wayne

South Carolina
Charleston Pour House, Charleston

South Dakota
Red Rooster, Aberdeen

The Concourse, Knoxville
City Winery, Nashville
Exit/In, Nashville
Marathon Music Works, Nashville
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville
Mercy Lounge, Nashville
The High Watt, Nashville

Esquire Jazz Club, Amarillo
Barracuda, Austin
Empire Control Room and Garage, Austin
Hotel Vegas, Austin
Mohawk, Austin
North Door, Austin
The Far Out Lounge and Stage, Austin
Acoustic Kitchen, Dallas
Club Dada, Dallas
Deep Ellum Art Co., Dallas
Granada Theater, Dallas
Satellite Bar, Houston
Warehouse Live, Houston
The Bugle Boy, La Grange
ChopShop Live, Roanoke
Paper Tiger, San Antonio
Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon, Spring

Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Richmond Music Hall, Richmond
The Broadberry, Richmond
The Camel, Richmond
The Golden Pony, Richmond

Higher Ground, Burlington

High Dive, Seattle
Nectar Lounge, Seattle
The Crocodile, Seattle

West Virginia
123 Pleasant St, Morgantown