There are a lot of uncertainty about what the world will be like after COVID19. Every industry, without exception, has been severely impacted by the spread of the corona virus. The music industry in particular has suffered financially, with all shows, tours, bars, nightclubs, festivals etc. cancelled and closed.
Some may assume that it is just the more popular artists that are affected by these cancellations, but that is not the case. We must remember that there are literally thousands of persons working behind the scenes who have now all lost their employment, hence their income.
With that being said, we must now face our new reality, as we ponder the question; what’s next? What will the music industry be like when all this is over with? Will festivals resume as they were before? Will the masses flock to live shows as aggressively as they did in the past? I think the answer depends on two things: 1) how long this pandemic last and 2) the financial and moral status of the people when it’s all over.
Now that a lot of artists are unable to travel for work (perform), they’re focusing on other income streams. Koffee, the young Jamaican MC who had a massive 2019, is inviting her fans and supporters to check out her digital store.
The platform currently has a limited amount of branded merchandise (hats, sweaters and t-shirts). Click here to check it out.
With so many events being postponed and / or cancelled we are praying that this one goes on. The Old School Hip-Hop Fest is still scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre – 5239 Floyd Rd SW – in Mableton, Georgia.
The following artists are confirmed for the show: Rakim, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee and Kwame. Get tickets here and stay tuned to Maria Jackson Magazine for updates about this event.
Today we learnt that Moe’s Alley, located in Santa Cruz, California, will be closing their doors for now. Below is an official statement from the management regarding purchased tickets, refunds and reschedules.
“Hello friends and family, Moe’s Alley checking in with you. We wanted to let you know we will be closed for now, but we will be re-opening as soon as possible. In the meantime we are keeping our website MOESALLEY.COM up to date, and if you see CANCELLED that means you are getting a full refund back to your method of payment. (we have already fully refunded all March cancelled shows, and we will be refunding April cancelled shows next week)
If you see the word POSTPONED that means the show has been moved to a later date and all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. (For example Los Lobos, Monophonics, Michael Rose, Hot Buttered Rum, Jesse Daniel & Coffis Brothers have all been moved & the new dates are up on our website. We will also be emailing all ticket holders individually on a show by show basis when a show reschedules with ticketing options. Stay safe, stay positive & thank you for supporting live music.”
Yoshi’s, a live music venue located in Oakland, California, that’s known for hosting some of the best Soul, R&B and hip-hop shows in the country, has announced that they will be closed until April 7th. See message below.
To our patrons,
In compliance with the recent order from the Governor of California Gavin Newsom and the Alameda County Department of Health on March 16, 2020, Yoshi’s is postponing/cancelling events in our club until Apr 7 as well as closing our bar/lounge.
We will announce rescheduled dates as soon as possible, with all tickets purchased for the postponed concerts being honored for the new dates. Any tickets for events that are officially cancelled will be refunded as soon as possible. Please consult the Yoshi’s ticket refund policy.
As the situation evolves we will continue to keep you updated, please check yoshis.com for the most recent information. Yoshi’s main priority will always be the safety of our patrons, staff, artists and community.
Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic situation, all of Talib Kweli‘s public appearances and performances for the month of March have been postponed indefinitely. His team is working with the promoters to reschedule all dates.
Please stay tuned to Maria Jackson Magazine as we will post the new dates as soon as they become available to us.
Lauryn Hill‘s show, that was scheduled in Northfield, Cleveland, Ohio, has been pushed back to September 9th. All tickets previously purchased will be honored on the rescheduled date.
Additionally, the show on Saturday in Upper Darby, PA has been canceled due to crowd bans related to the corona virus. The new date will be announced soon.