Vēmos and Icehouse to host virtual concert for hospitality workers (updated)

Submitted photo PavieElle French is among the headliners for the benefit concert


Ticket proceeds will go towards those hardest hit by COVID-19

Vēmos announced they will host a live-streamed benefit concert in partnership with Icehouse called Bridge the Gap to raise money for local artists and hospitality workers who have been forced out of work due to the COVID-19 shutdowns.

The concert will be live-streamed on April 20, from 6-10 pm and will feature local Minnesota artists, including headliners Pavielle, and Gabe Douglas of 4ontheFloor.

“In Minnesota, nearly 50,000 hospitality workers have been laid off in the last few weeks due to COVID-19,” said Whitney Larson, co-founder, and president of Vēmos. “It’s devastating to our industry, and we want to do what we can to help bridge the gap many in the industry are facing during this crisis.”

The live stream concert produced by Feedback was originally scheduled for April 11 at IceHouse but has since been rescheduled until April 20. The concert venue and artists will strictly follow CDC protocol on social distancing—artists will perform solo with full sanitation between sets, no patrons will be present, and no two bands will be in the same space at the same time.

“We are honored to be a part of this wonderful mission to support, not only our own employees but all those in the hospitality industry who are struggling during these tough times,” said Brian Liebeck, Co-Owner of Icehouse.

Tickets to access the lives stream are available at vemos.io/bridgethegap and are priced at the Minneapolis minimum wage of $11, with the idea that one ticket pays for one hour of work for displaced industry workers. Ticket proceeds will be donated to The North Stands, a Sanneh Foundation fund providing financial relief to hospitality industry professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal is to sell at least 10,000 tickets to raise a minimum of $110,000 to benefit displaced workers in the hospitality industry.