Heavy Hops Ep. 003: Music In And Out Of Venues (Empty Bottle & Thalia Hall)

Chicago is one of the few cities in the United States with a thriving independent music venue circuit not dominated by Live Nation or AEG. We are joined by Molly Mobley (Talent Buyer – Empty Bottle) and Brent Heyl (Talent Buyer Thalia Hall, Empty Bottle; Partner Empty Bottle Presents) to discuss the value and importance of independent music venues and how they are adopting in light of challenges presented by COVID 19. We also discuss our favorite music events at these venues and what makes these spaces unique and reflective of Chicago.

Beers Enjoyed:
Gamma/Scorched Tundra Endless Descent:
A Baltic Porter featuring Weyermann Chocolate Rye Malt. Brewed for Scorched Tundra IX in Gothenburg (May 2018) with artwork by longtime festival visual artist Axel Widén.  A collaboration with Gamma Brewing Company.

Billboard: Live Nation Plans to Reduce Payments, Shift Risks to Artists For 2021 Festivals:

Please consider donating to NIVA and CIVL to provide continued support for independent venues:
National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)
Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL)

Check Out:
Thalia Hall Website
Thalia Hall On Facebook
Empty Bottle On Facebook
Thalia Hall Staff Go Fund Me
Empty Bottle Staff Go Fund Me

Heavy Hops Socials:
HH Website

Episode Art By: Bryn Gleason