It’s no secret that music venues and promoters have been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis. With COVID-19 making it impossible to safely host concerts with large audiences, venues have been struggling to stay afloat.
Emo rockers Hawthorne Heights recognize the struggle and are trying to help their favorite venues with a special series of streaming shows called the Stay Home Tour.
"The goal of the concerts is to make money for workers and venues that they care about and that they’ve performed at before," explained Andrea de la Higuera, Lighting Designer and Director of Marketing at Victory North.
"All the money will go the venues."
De la Higuera did the lighting design for Hawthorne Heights when they performed at Victory North last year and can attest to how great the concert was. Victory North has developed a reputation for being one of the best music spots in Savannah and Hawthorne Heights seem to agree.
"They reached out," said De la Higuera. "They had a really good time in Savannah, so they picked their favorite venues they played at last year and made the tour happen."
For three consecutive nights, Hawthorne Heights will live stream from their studio in Ohio. To make the concerts more accessible to their fans, each show will be broken down by timezone. The shows will take place on October 8th EST, 9th CST, and 10th PST, respectively.
Tickets start at $12 and allow you to access the show on-demand up to 5 days after the event. VIP packages ranging from $50 to $70 offer virtual meet ups with the band, emo trivia, tour batch coffee, VIP laminate, button pack, and back patch.
"We miss the stage as much as you miss the power of live music," said Hawthorne Heights in a statement about the Stay Home Tour.
"The way it connects our hearts cannot be stopped. We miss our favorite cities, venues, and fans. STAY HOME is a celebration of all those things. We know it’s weird, we know it’s different, but check this out...Grab your favorite drink, put on your favorite band shirt, and watch an EMO Rock N Roll show from wherever you want."
If you are not a fan of emo music, but want to help Victory North in some way, Hawthorne Heights’ Stay Home Tour may be a fun and unique way to support local music.