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What We Learned: Why are Live Music Venues Important?

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Manny's

3092 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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No live shows happened for over a year. With new shows scheduled across the city, what did it take to keep these places alive?

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Live venues in San Francisco went dark in March 2020. No shows. No bands. No audiences. We are now seeing a glimpse of life as artists book tours across the country. With no shows for over a year, how did our venues survive?

Why are these spaces open in the first place? What do you they mean for a City's culture?

What is the future of our live spaces?

Are there still concerns about the long-term viability of these venues?

What can we do to help?

What lessons did those who run these spaces learn?

In the next installment of the "What We Learned" series, Manny's welcomes General Managers of the Bill Graham, The Independent, and the Fillmore to discuss operating live venues without any shows.

The structure of this event will be about 45 minutes of discussion moderated by Ben Bleiman with venue managers followed by small break out groups where YOU can meet some new folks and discuss what you just heard. We hope to help solicit a more collaborative discussion and hear the diverse stories in our city.

Manny's never turns away anyone for lack of funds. To receive a complementary ticket just email the word "grapefruit" and the title of this event to tomas@welcometomannys.com.

This event will be in person at Manny's but there will also be a Zoom link ticket for those who'd like to tune in digitally from the comfort of their home.

About the moderator Ben Bleiman:

Ben Bleiman moved to San Francisco in 2003 but his daughter is an SF Native! He was appointed to the Entertainment Commission as an Industry Representative in March 2017 and began serving as the Commission President in August 2018. He has owned eleven bar/restaurants in San Francisco, and currently owns and operates five. He also runs a busy events business that produces music festivals, corporate launches, as well as hundreds of other events per year in SF and surrounding areas.

As a nightlife advocate, Ben is currently the President of the California Music & Culture Association, which is the only trade group to represent bars, clubs, music venues and music festivals in SF. He also founded and runs the SF Bar Owner Alliance, a group of over 300 bar owners who have combined their forces to ensure SF's bar scene is vibrant, responsible and affordable.

He has a BA from Georgetown University and also chairs the board of bay.org, the largest environmental non-profit to focus on the health of the SF Bay's ecosystem. It currently owns and operates the Aquarium of the Bay at Fisherman's Wharf and the Bay Institute, a think tank, along with other nature centers around the SF Bay.

Ben is a passionate advocate for the wonderful, wild and weird (as well as safe and responsible) nightlife in San Francisco and the ecosystem of our beloved SF Bay.

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