WHYY presents Vulnerable Venues: The Effort to Preserve Philly’s Stages
Independent music venues across the country have been among the businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last year, we’ve witnessed the permanent closure of at least one beloved Philly venue, and watched as countless others struggle to stay afloat.
This Friday, March 26, WHYY will present Vulnerable Venues: The Effort to Preserve Philly’s Stages, a virtual roundtable discussion exploring the pandemic’s impact on the creative economy and the future of live entertainment. The panel will attempt to answer some of the questions we all have: “What are the plans to preserve Philadelphia’s vulnerable venues? And what ways can patrons offer their support?”
The event will be hosted by WHYY Community Contributors and Engagement Editor Chris Norris, WHYY Community Curator Amir Richardson — also known as Philly rapper The Bul Bey — and composer and keyboardist Dan Rouse. They will be joined by a panel of World Cafe Live general manager Kerri Park, booking agent and promoter Jim Thorpe, Ardmore Music Hall owner Chris Perella, and members of local neo soul duo Kindred The Family Soul, Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon.