May 14, 2020
Songs for the Cities Podcast Supporitng the Local Music Industry Lauches Today
Xcel Energy Center and Michelob Golden Light today announced the launch of Songs for the Cities , a podcast series hosted by KFAN personality and musician Chris Hawkey, that will share the music and personal stories of those in the local music industry whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19. Fallout for the live music industry will be felt for a long time, potentially much longer than other industries affected by public gathering limitations.
The first podcast, featuring singer/songwriter Kat Perkins, launched today on Xcel Energy Center's website and dives into the personal stories behind her music, defining career moments including her stint on "The Voice," memorable shows and venues, and how COVID-19 has changed her personal and professional life.
The podcast will help raise money for the Twin Cities Music Community Trust, a fund that is helping Minnesotans who have lost performances due to the pandemic and its effect on the live music industry. This includes musicians, night staff, door staff, bartenders, security, stage crews, tour managers, merchandise sellers and photographers. Michelob Golden Light will celebrate the podcast's launch with a $5,000 charitable contribution toward the trust.
"Minnesota's vibrant music scene is something that sets us apart and makes us abundantly proud," said Xcel Energy Center Vice President and General Manager Jack Larson. "We are honored to be part of this initiative and help support our local music community in its greatest time of need."
"During this pandemic, our main goal has been to find creative ways to help as many people as we can," said Anheuser-Busch Trade Marketing Manager Lara Engh. "With a lot of focus on bars and restaurants and the stress on the hospitality industry, there has been very little conversation surrounding live music venues. The livelihood of individuals in the local music industry depend on venues being open, and without knowing when we can gather again, we had to find a way to support them."