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Marquee segues to streaming performances to help musicians

Marquee segues to streaming performances to help musicians

The Marquee

From left, Nickie Quinn, Kelly Quinn, Mitch Martin, and Emily Martin pose for a photo at The Marquee in Sioux City, Iowa on Monday, May 15, 2017.

With the statewide shutdowns due to the COVID-19, many of Siouxland’s local musicians were forced to go on hiatus. Some have found creative ways to share their music.

The Marquee bar, for example, is allowing bands to play live through their Facebook page.

Owners Mitch Martin and Kelly Quinn said they felt the need to support local musicians.

“With our bar and venues shut down, it has been a major hit both financially and emotionally,” Martin said. “We just take it day by day, but bring live music back in whatever way possible makes things better.”

One of the first to appear on what the Marquee calls the "Band Together Concert Series" was country singer Dane Louis. 

They also had Spencer Aspleaf and Trust play live on March 25 and GhostCat during the weekend.

Sloppy Kisses

Mitch Martin and his boxer, Grace, photographed at The Marquee in Sioux City, Iowa on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. Weekender Photo by Ari E. Lebowitz

"It was strange playing in front of a completely empty venue and not having a crowd's reaction," Aspleaf said. "But I had a lot of fun and I'm happy we got to showcase local art. Everyone at the Marquee is wonderful and the 'band together' series is a fantastic idea."

The Marquee is allowing anyone who tunes into these performances to leave tips through Venmo or PayPal.

Martin said that the next performances would be with bands lined up before the closures.  Martin said after they announced that they would be using Facebook Live for concerts, many bands started to contact him about being added to the series. He said that they are finding ways to include as many bands as possible.

“We are scheduling for days that line up with each band’s schedule,” Martin said. “Currently, its been Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.”

Martin said that they are continually booking more bands and artists for the online concert series.

“We will continue these live-streaming performances for as long as we are forced to be closed,” Martin said. “We wish for everyone to be safe and do not want to rush to anything that may put people in danger. In the meantime, we will bring live music to everyone’s living room and hopefully lift some spirits in these unprecedented times.”

They will announce the bands through Facebook, along with dates and times for the performances: facebook.com/themarqueelive/

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