SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Many are still at odds with how they feel about the recent 900 billion dollar stimulus package. Help is on the way for entertainment venues, but they are not all created equal.
Of the 900 billion in that relief, 15 billion dollars is being relegated to the arts, specifically things like independent movie theaters, music, and other entertainment venues.
A.J. Jump runs Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre and despite beyond above efforts from the local music scene, it’s been tight.
“A lot of people just think, oh you own a business or you’re rich. No, especially not in the music business. We do it because we love it, and we do it because it’s necessary.”
Through his affiliation with the national independent venue association, help is on the way.
On the other hand well-known rock bars like the ‘V Spot’ in North Scranton, a sign on the side of the building chilling for the time. ‘tonight? Nothing. Tomorrow? Still nothing. Coming soon? Bleak.”
Open for a collective three months this year, Vinny Archer and the well-known rock bar have hosted online-streamed shows and sparse acts while covid case numbers were low.
But the v spot is a bar and restaurant .
“That’s what I opened this place up for was to have a live music showcase. While there is a huge bar, just feet away people can enjoy live music.” . . . “The main feeling I’ve had over the course of the year has really been anxiety. I don’t know what to tell anybody because nobody really knows.”
Things are going to change down the road, but with what help they can get, the show must go on.
“I’m gonna do everything I can physically. To make this work,” Archer says.
“This (pandemic). More than anything is going to change all industries we’re seeing it. It’s just a matter of retraining people, to what the norm is.” said Jump.
Not all hope is lost for the ‘V Spot’ as a second round of PPP funding becomes available.
As for Karl Hall, they hope to kick back off with outdoor shows this summer.