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I.C.Y.M.I.: Keep Music Live Streams 'Band Together Washington' Benefit Supporting Venues Across the State

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Greetings, fellow pop culture aficionados, and welcome to week 51 of our I.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.

Last week in this space, we outlined what to expect at the 2021 Grammys (and then live-tweeted the ceremony with plenty of hot takes and reaction GIFs). This week, we recap a virtual benefit from this past week that supported local music venues in our state. Read on!

'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, many more 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."

You can still make a donation to support the cause, or aid efforts by purchasing some sweet merch, including a 'Band Together Washington' poster designed by artist Brad Klausen. All proceeds from the event benefit Keep Music Live's efforts to provide COVID-19 relief grants for local music venues.


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