For those who aren’t familiar, The Vera Project is a Seattle-based, community-oriented nonprofit music and arts space embedded in the city’s DIY scene that launched its first show in 2001. The space was launched in response to a Footloose-esque bill (the fictional-sounding “Teen Dance Ordinance”) passed in the ’80s intended to curb teen get-togethers in dance venues with a series of financial and logistical roadblocks.
Despite clearing that hurdle two decades ago, the org’s twenty-year anniversary party will have to take place online anyway due to COVID—assuming there are no anti-dance ordinances enacted in your homes, you can still celebrate that freedom. Ben Gibbard, Perfume Genius, Foo Fighters, TV on the Radio, Tacocat, Mike Park, and more will grace the virtual stage tonight for the event, along with DIY activists across the country,
“TV on the Radio, Perfume Genius and Macklemore are only a few of the bands who played some of their first shows at The Vera Project,” Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper noted in a press release. “Aside from serving a role in developing young artists, Vera has also helped to develop and nurture twenty years of young people who are today working directly to shape communities and culture.”