Independent entertainment venues in Wisconsin are used to competing to host the best shows.
But this summer the COVID-19 pandemic has them banding together in a collective call for help.
The state’s 72 independent venues and promoters are uniting to organize a local day of action Tuesday to call for federal assistance for sites that normally host live entertainment but have gone dark because of the threat from the coronavirus.
The public awareness event is seeking support for the Save Our Stages Act and the RESTART Act — two bills that have been introduced to ensure the survival of independent venues across the country — in hopes that people will contact their congressional representatives and use social media to urge passage of the legislation, said Jason Jon Anderson, executive director of Pablo Center at the Confluence.
“It’s a very dire situation, not just for us, but for many,” said Anderson, who is leading the push by Wisconsin venues….