Press release from the Orange Peel:
Hello to our Peel Friends and Family,
We hope you are all staying healthy (and socially distant) during this unusual and anxious time.
While we are not hosting shows for live audiences for the time being, we wanted to let you know about a wonderful, cathartic opportunity to enjoy live music from some of your favorite regional and local artist, in the comfort and safety of your home. We have partnered with local music advocate Blake Elledge, long-time friends IamAvl (a free streaming music and video service), and a ton of the most talented artists to bring you what we’re calling
The Quarantine Concert Series
Tune in via www.iamavl.com at 7:00 pm EST almost every night to watch these amazing performances and please donate to the Musician’s Relief Fund.
Streams also available on the IamAvl Facebook Live Stream, and on their YouTube Channel.
The full lineup of acts appearing can be found here.
Tonight’s show features soulful, bluesy psych rock faves
Set your reminders to tune in nightly, and please help us support these artists and professionals who have lost their gigs and income for the foreseeable future.
And finally, a word about show postponements. As you are witnessing, we are working hard daily to reschedule shows for March and many in April, as well. We don’t know how long this social distancing requirement will be necessary, and are taking steps to ensure we don’t have to cancel more than a few, if any, shows. We are announcing rescheduled dates as we are able to get them confirmed, and will inform ticket buyers for each event when a new date has been determined. We don’t want you to miss a single concert that was scheduled for these upcoming weeks! Tickets will remain on sale while we work on determining a rescheduled date.
We are asking fans to hold onto their tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled performance date as soon as they’re announced.
We understand that there is uncertainty for you as you wait for replacement shows to be scheduled and to determine whether it will work out for all the previous buyers to attend. If you are able to hold onto purchased concert ticket and be patient with us as tours work through this large volume of rescheduling, it will allow venues like us to survive being closed for an extended duration while we have no new streams of bar, concessions or ticket revenue.
We want our customers to know that the Orange Peel, like many Asheville’s venues, is a locally owned, locally run small business that employees over 50 local workers at a living wage during normal business operation. Our plan and hope is that we will be able to weather this difficult time, and come out stronger for it on the other end, when we can again be together, enjoying live music. COVID-19 and the resulting bans on crowd gatherings has had and will have a massive financial impact on our business, and every other business in the live events and performance arts sector. We are trying to keep as many of our staff employed as we can while trying to remain strong and sustainable in the interim weeks and months that we are closed.
We appreciate your patience and ongoing support of small businesses and venues like ours as we navigate this unprecedented situation. Please keep supporting each other and our local small businesses. Together, we’ll get through this!