On March 17 the City of Austin announced that bars and restaurants must shut their doors to the public until May 1st to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This leaves all of our beloved music venues without any revenue for at least six-weeks and their employees – bartenders, sound engineers, door people, etc – without any income. Venues have set up fundraisers to help their staff during this time and a lot of them have upped their merch game to further make up for these lost wages.
Many of us have our favorite places to see live music and along with that, favorite bar staff. Show your venue pride by buying merch and giving a virtual tip to your favorite bartenders!
-Deidre Gott, Live Music Booker/Producer
The “Home of the Blues” venue has plans to celebrate their 45th anniversary July 14th and are asking for donations for their staff and resident musicians out of work during this time.
Merch for sale: Visit their online store Big Henry’s Vinyl and Gifts for a big selection of merch and music for sale. Standouts include Antone’s coveralls, harmonica and lots of great show poster reprints.
The place that lets me throw a Dolly Parton Birthday celebration has a pay pal set up for bar staff unable to work.
Merch for Sale: T-shirts and a Barry’s Royalty Key which will get you free entry into any and all barracuda shows for the remainder of 2020. Available at Austin retailer Fine Southern Gentlemen
The only venue I know of where you can drink kombucha on tap while watching an up-and-coming Austin band has set up a gofundme for their bar staff.
The Continental Family Relief Fund has been set up for employees of the South Congress music venues.
Merch for Sale: Lots of t-shirts, pins and vintage posters
This way South Austin venue has golden tickets for sale to help offset wages lost during this time. These are good for any upcoming show at their venue through the end of 2022.
Merch for Sale: Lots of cool show posters for sale on Etsy.
Open since 1974, the Drag’s live music staple (and favorite after-work drink spot for KUTX and KUT staff) has a long history of giving Austin musicians a chance to hone their craft (read some stories here). A Venmo account has been set up to split between their bar staff.
East 6th venue has a pay pal account set up for bar staff.
Merch for Sale: Hotel Vegas approved apparel available at Fine Southern Gentlemen
Defending Red River since 2006. An Austin institution responsible for bringing some of the biggest acts to their awesome outdoor stage.
Merch for Sale: Grab the classic “Defend Red River” and “All are Welcome” tees on their merch site
The South Austin venue where we host our monthly Radio X concert series has a gofundme set up for their baristas and bar staff
Merch for Sale: Order Radio Blend Coffee or any of their great merchandise at their online store.
The far East venue that regularly hosts a wide range of world music from all over has a gofundme set up to help with venue costs while they are closed.
Saxon Pub is accepting donations for their hard working bar staff.
This Eastside venue has a Venmo account set up for you to virtually tip your bartenders. Venmo: @staygoldaustin
The great-granddaddy of Red River clubs.
Merch for Sale: T-shirts, polos, hoodies and more for people of all ages available on their online store
This two-steppin’ Eastside venue has a Venmo set up for bar staff. Venmo: @WhiteHorseATX
Merch for Sale: Don’t be an asshole. Grab a White Horse tee from Austin retailer Fine Southern Gentleman