‘Keep Live Alive’ St. Louis helping musicians recover from the pandemic


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The pandemic has hit many different industries hard over the past year. One of the hardest hit? The live music industry. But FOX 2’s Patrick Clark is talking to a group this morning that is working to help these workers out.

They’re the St. Louis music venues many have missed during the pandemic. 

   But for the employees and support staff that keep stages running here in the gateway city, they’ve been running out of funds to pay bills. 

   And that’s where the St. Louis classic rock preservation society and their campaign keep live alive St. Louis has been collecting donations to help. 

   Now they want to offer one thousand dollar grants to those in the live event industry. 

   “We’re offering money through grants and they can apply at Keep Live Alive STL.org,” says John Sebben, Keep Live Alive St. Louis.  “This is for people who’ve been affected by the pandemic in the entertainment industry.  The ushers, concessions, line men and sound men because they were the first ones to be affected by this as concerts were being canceled in March of last year.” 

   “You know the funny thing was the restaurant, Hwy 61 roadhouse is built on the food and music of Highway 61 of New Orleans up through St. Louis, “says Bill Kunz, Owner Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen.  “So music is such as integral part of it so that when music went away, part of the spirit of our place went away.” 

   As more Americans get their vaccination shots and venues begin to open back up, live music returning. 

   At places like Hwy 61 roadhouse and kitchen live music has been back since May 2020. 

   And keep live alive St. Louis bringing back an iconic photo of Eddie van Halen and David lee Roth outside an old McDonalds off Watson road. 

   “For every 25 dollars donated between now and next Sunday at 9am, we are going to give those people a chance to win, kind of like a raffle this iconic raffle of Eddie and David in front of the Crestwood McDonalds taken in 1978 just a few weeks before their first show ever a few weeks before that,” says Sebben.   

   John Sebben searched through old city records to verify that this classic early Van Halen photo was indeed taken in Crestwood, Missouri when the guys were just 23 years old. 

   Keep Live Alive St. Louis encouraging anyone to donate to help those live event industry personal affected by the pandemic, and reminding those workers to apply for their $1,000 grant. 

   “To apply for a grant or to make a donation to get your hands on this piece of rock ‘n roll history we have a link on our website to Keep Live Alive St. Louis,” says Clark.  “In Webster Groves, Patrick Clark, Fox 2 News.” 

More information: KeepLiveAliveSTL.org

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