If the coronavirus pandemic hadn't brought touring (and social gathering in general) to a screeching halt, Brooklyn venue Elsewhere would be in the midst of their 2020 summer Rooftop series. This year's lineup was meant to include !!! (chk chk chk), George Fitzgerald, Sura, Omar-S, Hovvdy, Classixx, Lone, Midnight Magix, Tiger & Woods, Papi Juice, Anna Lunoe, Mashrou Leila, and many others.

To make up for the fact that the Rooftop series cannot happen in person this year, the venue has announced that they will be hosting a series of sunset livestreams from their rooftop space, called "Sunstreams." This weekly series is meant to showcase and build a platform for POC artists and raise funds for the organizations they care about most (via viewer donations). Additionally, during each stream, Elsewhere will contribute $500 to the artist's chosen charity and matching audience donations up to $1,500.

In the statement announcing the series, Elsewhere said:

We’re entering a summer of both uncertainty and hope while keeping our heads up, as our local communities all over the city and across the country fight back against racism and violence towards black people and all people of color.

Elsewhere stands in solidarity with all those fighting for racial justice, against police brutality, and for criminal justice reform - and an end to the systemic racism inherent in our institutions. Fighting hatred and discrimination of any kind has always been at the core of our venue's mission. Over the past 2 years, we have had the privilege of serving a very diverse collection of NYC communities, and we believe that when we stand up to racism, we also stand up for our collective right to the joy of that togetherness amongst music & art.

You can watch and donate via Elsewhere's Twitch every Friday from 7-10 PM EST. Tonight's inaugural Sunstream features an ensemble performance from Half Moon, a Brooklyn based music network, and will benefit Project Reach NYC.

Aside from this, Elsewhere has already been involved in a variety of online events, including hosting Minecraft festivals inside its virtual "Elsewither" club. The most recent of these events was called String Formal and featured sets from Bag Raiders, Miami Horror, Poolside, Silver Sphere, Phoebe Bridgers, Brux, Bodyimage, Little Boots, Hannah Diamond, Sega Bodega, and many others.

The funds accumulated during this stream ($6516.79!) were donated to the National Bail Fund Network.

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