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Tampa Bay's Small Music Venues Struggle With No End In Sight Florida Matters

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There’s nothing like seeing live music — whether it’s in a huge arena or a dimly lit bar.
It’s one of the experiences that’s a casualty of social distancing needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Live music venues have been closed for months, and as the virus continues to spread, there’s no end in sight. No clear view of when the smallest of venues can reopen for shows. And musicians who rely on gigs for their livelihood are also suffering.
So where do we go from here?
Host Bradley George talked about the current state of Tampa Bay's smaller music venues with Tom DeGeorge, owner of Ybor City venue Crowbar; Kristopher James, a Bradenton-based musician; and Wayne Atherholt, cultural affairs director for the city of St. Petersburg.

There’s nothing like seeing live music — whether it’s in a huge arena or a dimly lit bar.
It’s one of the experiences that’s a casualty of social distancing needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Live music venues have been closed for months, and as the virus continues to spread, there’s no end in sight. No clear view of when the smallest of venues can reopen for shows. And musicians who rely on gigs for their livelihood are also suffering.
So where do we go from here?
Host Bradley George talked about the current state of Tampa Bay's smaller music venues with Tom DeGeorge, owner of Ybor City venue Crowbar; Kristopher James, a Bradenton-based musician; and Wayne Atherholt, cultural affairs director for the city of St. Petersburg.

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