Jason Mraz, Foo Fighters, YG, Miley Cyrus and more set for #SOSFEST to help indie concert venues

 Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz will perform a 30-minute set as part of the online three-day #SOSFEST, which is designed to help independent music venues shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic.
(Photo courtesy of Jason Mraz)

The online Oct. 16-18 event also features Dave Matthews, Leon Bridges, The Roots, Mashmello & Demi Lovato, Little Big Town and more than two-dozen others


Grammy Award-winning San Diego singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus and rapper YG are among the 35 artists who will perform online at independent venues Oct. 16-18 as part of #SOSFEST.

The three-day virtual music festival is designed to fuel support for the National Independent Venues Association’s Emergency Relief Fund and for the Save Our Stages initiative, the U.S. Senate’s stalled $10 billion relief package to help independent venues. The bill (S. 4258) is attached to the Heroes Act, which is currently before the Senate but has been delayed by a series of conflicting responses from the Trump administration.

The specific dates and times for each pre-filmed #SOSFEST performance will be announced next week. Mraz filmed his 30-minute set on Sept. 29 with two members of his band, Raining Jane, at the Belly Up. The 46-year-old Solana Beach nightclub is one of 23 independent venues and annual events producers in San Diego County that are members of the National Independent Venues Association.

NIVA was launched this year after the coronavirus pandemic brought live-music venues to a standstill across the country. Its goal, like that of next week’s event — which will air on NIVA’s YouTube channel — is to raise awareness and emergency funds. Donations can be made while viewing the online music festival or directly at any time to:

“Our nation’s most-loved venues are fighting to hold on because they’ve had no revenue since they’ve been shuttered by the pandemic in March,” NIVA Board Treasurer and #SOSFEST Executive Producer Stephen Sternschein said in a statement.

“It’s been brutal to watch as scores of them go under, through no fault of their own, while we continue to push for the Save Our Stages Act to pass. #SOSFEST will help save many of our nation’s most vulnerable and treasured venues by providing a lifeline to make it through this devastating time, as we wait for federal relief. We’re beyond grateful for the support from the artists, venues, and production professionals, YouTube, Anheuser-Busch, and the countless volunteers who are all making this possible. Now the public has the ability to make a difference, too, by donating to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund. It’ll be fantastic to see the #SOSFEST artists back in our (venues), and I can’t wait to see their performances.”

Belly Up Entertainment President Chris Goldsmith headed up the San Diego NIVA sub-committee created to enlist the support of area members of Congress. He sees the aim of the organization and #SOSFEST as being one and the same.

“Our goal is to continue to raise awareness of the dire plight of concert venues around the country, because we are affected much more substantially than most businesses,” Goldsmith said Friday.

“We hope this will translate to legislation passing to help us. Government aid has been oriented toward businesses that are operating, but losing money. Venues can’t operate, because we’re closed.

“For us, the (government) focus on payroll doesn’t make sense. We want to be open, but aren’t, so our structure of support needs to be structured differently. It’s not just about the amount of money, but how and for what it’s delivered.”

Oct. 16-18 #SOSFEST lineup

(Specific times and dates for each performance will be announced by Tuesday, Oct. 13)

Adam Melchor – Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles), Alec Benjamin – Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles), Bea Miller – Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles), Black Pumas – The Parish (Austin), Brittany Howard – Ryman Auditorium (Nashville), Brothers Osborne – Mercy Lounge (Nashville), Cautious Clay – World Cafe Live (Philadelphia), Dave Matthews – Jefferson Theater (Charlottesville, VA), Dillon Francis – Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles), Dizzy Fae – First Avenue (Minneapolis), FINNEAS – Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles, Foo Fighters – Troubadour (Los Angeles), G-Eazy – The Independent (San Francisco), Gus Dapperton – Le Poisson Rouge (New York, NY), Jason Mraz – Belly Up (San Diego), JP Saxe – Troubadour (Los Angeles), Kelsea Ballerini – Exit/In (Nashville, Leon Bridges – Troubadour (Los Angeles), Little Big Town – Exit/In (Nashville), The Lumineers – Boulder Theater (Boulder, CO), Marshmello & Demi Lovato – Troubadour (Los Angeles), Macklemore – Neumos (Seattle), Major Lazer – Gramps (Miami), Miley Cyrus – Whisky a Go Go (Los Angeles), Monica – Center Stage (Atlanta), Nathaniel Rateliff – Boulder Theater (Boulder, CO), Phoebe Bridgers – Troubadour (Los Angeles), Portugal. The Man – Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR), Reba McEntire – Ryman Auditorium (Nashville), The Revivalists – Tipitina’s (New Orleans), Rise Against – Metro (Chicago), The Roots – Apollo Theater (New York, NY), Sebastián Yatra – Amaturo Theater (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), and YG – Troubadour (Los Angeles)