It's no secret that the arts have been hit hard this year. And if the places to showcase that art go out of business, next year won't look much better. But a, Ybor City comedy show on Friday will try and help give independent venues a fighting chance.
UPDATE: The Oct. 23 show has been canceled. Promoters are still throwing the Nov. 7 mentioned below, so look out for details on.
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Oct. 23 is just one of many national events incorporating the #saveourstages hashtag, and this one features some of the best local stand-ups in Tampa Bay. If you read Creative Loafing Tampa Bay regularly and follow our annual Best of the Bay awards, many of these names will be familiar to you: Johnny B., Steve Miller and Matt Fernandez (pictured) have all earned our Best Comedian title in the past, while John Jacobs has won his share of awards for his work with the Tampa News Force parody website and various comedy films. All will be performing to support the venues that support their stand-up, and you can help by laughing it up with the Best of the Bay.
The show, held at The Attic in Ybor City, will benefit the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), an organization that provides advocacy and support to the most vulnerable independent venues in the country. More than 2,000 venues spanning all 50 states are members of NIVA, including several in Tampa. In addition to The Attic, members include Tampa Theatre, Brass Mug, Crowbar and The Orpheum. St. Petersburg boasts membership by The Palladium, Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill, Jannus Live and others. Tom DeGeorge, co-owner of nearby Crowbar, is Florida's NICA captain.
If the public wants to keep independent venues, NIVA's Save Our Stages movement is a solid place to start.
Tickets for Save Our Stages: Comic Relief at The Attic at Rock Brothers on
Friday, Oct. 23 are $25 and on sale now via eventbrite.com. If you miss this installment, it looks like another is happening on Nov. 7.
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