The Morrison Hotel Gallery and Rolling Live Studios have teamed up with Spotify, MusiCares, and NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) to put on a star-studded, virtual music festival. Taking place next Saturday, August 15, the day-long (DE)TOUR will feature remote performances from Ringo Starr, Slash, David Johansen, Cheap Trick, and Macy Gray, among many others. The event will benefit out-of-work musicians and crew members, as well as independent music venues and promoters.
Throughout the day, artists will stream intimate live performances from their homes, as well as from classic venues throughout the nation, including New York’s Bowery Electric, West Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy Theatre, and the Viper Room.
The free live-stream will encourage donations through YouTube Live and Facebook Live, while Spotify will match donations to MusiCares dollar-for-dollar up to a collective total of $10 million through its COVID-19 Music Relief project. All proceeds will be split between MusiCares and NIVA. Additional funds will be raised through VIP experiences (including Zoom meet-and-greets) and exclusive merch. To learn more, visit NoCap.
In addition to the artists listed above, the line-up will also include such luminaries as Billy Gibbons, Linda Perry, Gavin Rossdale, AWOLNATION, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, John Oates, Sean Lennon, Jesse Malin, Taylor Momsen, Hayley Reinhart, Kathy Valentine, and Uni, among many others. Spotify’s Allison Hagendorf and famed MTV/VH1 personality Matt Pinfield will co-host the festivities.
The Morrison Hotel Gallery, which represents over 125 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives, will also invite a variety of celebrated music photographers to take part in the event, including Henry Diltz, Danny Clinch, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, and Lynn Goldsmith.
MusiCares, the charitable wing of The Recording Academy, established its COVID-19 Relief Fund in March to help minimize the burden that the music community faced, amid the thousands of venue closures and tour cancellations, due to the pandemic. NIVA was also formed in the days following the shutdown and is working to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.
For more information on (DE)TOUR, visit the official website.