Amid the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, music venues have been forced to come up with creative ways of bringing in revenue in the hopes of reopening come Phase 4. Greenwood’s Tim’s Tavern is gearing up to throw its own live-streamed music festival.
On October 17, the venue will host an all-day online event in which they’ll stream sets from local, national, and a few international artists. The music performances will be prerecorded for safety reasons, but the show will have live components from host and Tim’s Tavern Co-Owner Mason Reed and some very special guests. During the show, there will be a link for donations, as well as the option to buy Tim’s merchandise, including a special edition t-shirt for the event.
“This event’s going to be about saving Tim’s, but, at the same time, it’s much more than that,” said Reed. “It’s about our local scene and our love for live music. It’s a cornerstone to our culture as a city and we have to do everything we can to make sure our venues are still here long after this pandemic. The shows must go on!”
Reed and his business partner Matthew O’Toole have enlisted the help of Bricologe Studios and have been hard at work turning the venue into a broadcast studio, filming and editing video, mixing and mastering audio and getting ready for the live event.
Both Reed and O’Toole said they’re remaining positive, but that another three or four months of closure could spell trouble. With the money from an SBA loan and a grant from the city gone to the recurring costs of rent and insurance, the venue is aiming for a nationwide audience for the festival in hopes of bringing in enough donations to avoid bankruptcy.
The festival will stream for free at SaveTims.com on October 17th starting at 2pm. If you are interested in virtually attending please visit the website and signup for free tickets.