In simpler times, it wasn’t uncommon to see Brooklyn-born New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer out and about in the city — but it was a little surreal to see him standing outside the indie mecca Baby’s All Right, located in the city’s hipster-centric Williamsburg neighborhood, on Tuesday afternoon, alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and several of the owners or managers of the city’s top independent venues.
The senator was stepping up to show his support for the $10 billion bipartisan Save Our Stages act (S. 4258), authored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (a Democrat) and John Cornyn (a Republican), which aims to bring aid to the independent music venues that have been clobbered by the pandemic. Congress went into recess last week without rendering a decision on the act, so Schumer’s presence was a welcome and encouraging show of support.
Senator Chuck Schumer Co-Sponsors $10 Billion ‘Save Our Stages’ Act to Assist Concert Venues https://t.co/R1SpWVOl4g
— Variety (@Variety) August 18, 2020
— Stereogum (@stereogum) August 18, 2020
Sen. Schumer, with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, says “It is so F’ing important” to save indie music venues. He is a cosponsor of SOS relief bill. pic.twitter.com/V7cRVS50Du
— Ben Sisario (@sisario) August 18, 2020