MARCH 31, 2020 MESSAGE FROM THE DC BLUES SOCIETY
During this extremely difficult time, the DC Blues Society is reaching out to its members, to the many blues fans in the DC/MD/VA area, and to the many musicians, both local and nationally/internationally recognized, who are all experiencing huge challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. We certainly are in this together even while practicing the social distancing and stay-at-home orders that have been issued to try to flatten the curve of the epidemic.
To the extent possible, DCBS encourages blues fans to continue to support, during these difficult times, the musicians and venues that have brought us so much joy in normal times. There are many many online performances that are occurring at this time, most of them accessible through Facebook or other online sites. Some of those at-home performances by musicians have options for tipping the musician through online apps such as Paypal, Bravo, Venmo and others. If you haven’t found the performance links yet, you can find them by searching for your favorite artists to see if they are doing online performances; joining Facebook groups such as Can’t Stop the Blues, and others; and exploring more local performances through the Facebook pages of local music enthusiasts such as Mark Seagraves. Black Betty, of Moonshine Society, has even posted a You Tube video for musicians, sharing how Moonshine Society was able to put together an online at-home performance with great sound quality. Check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkop7q0lN4Q&t=6s&fbclid=IwAR2e2RCYQNY-pWC1mzmgsqoloLA5PIdiXMXyCo0mEtPz6AB3ug9g36CHmjo
Just as the musicians need our support now, so do the local venues that often host performances by blues and others musicians. A large number of restaurants and bars in the DMV have remained open during this crisis but are only serving carryout meal & drinks. The income from carryout will, in no way match their income in normal times, and they will likely be struggling to stay afloat and continuing to pay their workers. Again, to the extent possible, we encourage you to continue to support these local businesses.
Over the most recent years, DCBS has enjoyed special partnerships with several venues in the DMV, as they have provided ticket giveaway and discounts to DCBS members. In this note, we would like to highlight those businesses and provide information on their current operating status. Please note that this information could change, so check with their website for updates.
Monday, March 23
Dear City Winery Patrons,
So many of you have reached out to offer your support as we attempt to weather this crisis, sustain our business, and care for our employees who have been affected. We are so grateful. Here are some ways you can help:
Donate to our Employee Relief Fund.
Indulge your senses at home, safely, by ordering our food & wine for contact-free pickup.
Order home delivery of our award-winning wines, produced locally, with grapes sourced from incredible vineyards.
Purchase a gift card, for future use - you'll receive a 20% bonus and we'll make a donation to our Employee Relief Fund in your honor.
Please take care of yourselves and your communities. We will continue to communicate with you on our efforts during this crisis, and we look forward to sharing hopeful news of reopening soon.
CEO & Founder
Clyde's Restaurant Group (the folks behind The Hamilton Live and The Soundry) and Martha's Table are making meals for families in need, while providing work for restaurant employees. Please consider supporting our local industry and community here: https://fooditforwarddc.com/
The Hamilton Live | Washington, DC
The Soundry | Columbia, MD
From Lorraine Campbell - We are currently open from noon till 10pm for carry out, delivery, and curb service. Full menu available on www.jvsrestaurant.com. Thank you for the support. Miss the music! 703 241 9504.
Also, Josh Allen has organized a fundraiser on behalf of Lorraine Campbell, owner of JVs. The Fundraiser page is https://www.gofundme.com/f/jv039s-fundraiser?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-158560968173-998accc63b4d41ef&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2B1137-update-supporters-v5b
Josh Allen’s message reads as follows: Lorraine has done so much for the community, her patrons, and musicians. We now need to help her during this tough time. I challenge you all to put in as much as you can afford, we need JV's around when we get through this pandemic.
This will benefit all of the musicians who have crossed the wonderful stage at JV's, all of the patrons who have listened, danced, and sang along with the many great acts who performed at JV's.
We need your support now to help Lorraine make it through this tough time. Please, dig deep and help our friend.
David Beebe and 3 others organized a fundraising site for the Birchmere workers.
To all of our Birchmere friends,
As you know, we have had to cancel or postpone all of our shows for the foreseeable future, at least into May. With no shows this means that all of our hourly and tipped workers (kitchen, wait & bar staff) are not getting paid. We have been asked by many fans of The Birchmere if there was a way they can help so we have setup this GoFundMe page for them.
All proceeds will go directly to this staff that have been affected, not management but the staff themselves, as it is needed for these staff members the funds will be withdrawn and distributed amongst them. We hope that you can help so that once everything is back to normal and we reopen you will be greeted and served by all of the friendly faces that you're used to seeing here :-) Please share this.
We are forever grateful for our fans who make us what we are, we will all get through this. See you soon!
At a time like this, the arts are more important than ever. While we can’t be with you in person, we are working hard to provide much-needed inspiration from our incredible network of artists every week.
We piloted two virtual programs and are busily working to expand our online offerings. Online you’ll find a menu of options for patrons of all ages to enjoy from home during this time! Right now all of our online offerings are FREE so that everyone can participate.
Please also keep a close eye on Strathmore’s Facebook page as the central home for live and recorded video content to brighten your days of social distancing.
We are so grateful for your patience during this time. We are sending our best to each of you and hoping that we can (in a small way!) help you weather this storm.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications