Skip to main content

As concert venues across the United States continue to be brought to a grinding halt by new regulations attempting to limit the spread of COVID-19, owners and managers are being forced to examine the longterm implications of the impact of pandemic. Some states, like California, are projecting that live music venues could be forced to suspend activities as far out as summer 2021, which spells out a harsh truth for some of those venues. 

One such establishment facing that truth is legendary Los Angeles club The Troubadour. Established in 1957, The Troubadour is a venue famous for hosting Elton John's debut U.S. performance in 1970, hosting an iconic Miles Davis live album recording, and a slew of other illustrious accomplishments. Electronic music acts like Joywave, AlunaGeorge, Elderbrook, FM-84, and many more have also performed at The Troubadour.

With gigs potentially halted until mid-2021 and social distancing implications to consider once venues are able to reopen, Troubador general manager Christine Karayan doesn't have high hopes for things to return to the way they were. "That means the middle to the end of next year to potentially open, and maybe a 25% cap [on attendance limitations]," she told the LA Times. "I can’t foresee being able to ride this out like that.”

Karayan's words reflect deeply unfortunate news for such a distinguished and long-time favorite venue. The Troubadour has initiated a GoFundMe campaign to cover its 20 hourly employees, which has already garnered a sum of $11,400, reaching nearly half of its goal. Those interested in donating to the campaign can do so here

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Fred again..

Why Fred again.. Is Exactly What Electronic Dance Music Needed

Fred again.. is a glimmer of a hope for artists living on a knife-edge due to the pressures of social media content culture.


Listen to Skrillex and Steve Aoki's Production on Kid Cudi's Stunning "Entergalactic" Album

"Entergalactic" has been lauded as a creative breakthrough for Cudi, who joined forces with two of the world's most popular electronic producers to breathe life into its music.

Evolutions Festival 1

Dirt Monkey, Jantsen, Mersiv and More to Headline Evolutions Festival 2022

The fest is returning to Pattersonville, New York for a three-day bass music spectacular.



general club los angeles

Los Angeles Nightclubs to Require Proof of Vaccination for Entry

The new COVID-19 mandate will go into effect on October 7th.


London Underground Dance Music Brand Secretsundaze is In Danger of Permanent Closure

Thanks to COVID-19, the longstanding studio and record label has one foot in a coffin and the other on a banana peel.


LA's Famed Greek Theatre is Cancelling its Season for the First Time in 90 Years

For the first time in 90 years, The Greek Theatre will hold no events.


New Mask Mandate Could Severely Impact Los Angeles Nightlife

A new wave of COVID-19 restrictions could be on the horizon as business owners prepare for the impact of the delta variant.


Legendary Liverpool Venue Zanzibar to Permanently Close Due to Impact of COVID-19

"Covid-19 has been a massive kick in the teeth for everyone."


DC's Biggest Nightclubs are Banding Together for Pandemic Rent Relief

Venues in the nation's capital are seeking financial relief after forced shutdowns.

Photo by Sebastian Ervi

Inside The Event Safety Alliance's Reopening Guide: Concerts Will Look Entirely Different In the Wake of the Pandemic

An industry report paints a socially distant picture for live events in the aftermath of COVID-19.


Los Angeles Caps All Non-Essential Public Events To 50 People Or Less

Mayor Garcetti has announced new measures to curb the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.