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How the Bay Area’s Live Music Venues Are Fighting to Survive the Pandemic

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A chain across the door of The Knockout, a small music venue on Mission Street in San Francisco, on March 16, 2020, that closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

The last few weeks have brought welcome news of promising vaccines, and at least a faint light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. But for many of the Bay Area’s struggling music venues, the end of restrictions might not come soon enough. Those clubs and theaters say they desperately need government help — or will go out of business permanently. We’ll check in on the local music scene and find out about efforts to help venues and artists.


Lynn Schwarz, co-owner, Bottom of the Hill

Fred Barnes, general manager, The Chapel

Honey Mahogany, co-owner, The Stud

Nastia Voynovskaya, associate editor, KQED Arts

Kev Choice, Oakland-based musician


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