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Next month, Patty Griffin will launch a livestream residency to support independent music venues that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are in danger of closing permanently. The folk singer-songwriter will perform three shows from the Continental Club in her hometown of Austin, Texas, but proceeds from the livestream series will support 18 venues across the country, including Philly’s beloved Union Transfer.

“I’m sure you have heard by now what a devastating moment it is for many live music venues throughout the country,” says Griffin. “This translates to job losses on so many levels – the hardworking people that run these venues, book these venues, clean and repair them, take your tickets and serve your beers there, not to mention many musicians like myself who have depended on them for years to not only connect us to income in our touring work but also for the spirit they extend to us in each community. These are places where live music has been loved and nurtured in our country.

“In Austin alone, it has been estimated that ninety percent of venues have already closed their doors forever. For the most part, this business is a labor of love, so not a lot of huge financial safety nets there for many.  I am hoping with these shows to raise awareness and maybe a little funding too for some of these places that are struggling to stay afloat in this shut down.”

Tune in November 7, November 21, and December 5 at 8 p.m. EST on Mandolin. Find tickets and more information via Union Transfer’s venue-specific link.

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