The world famous Troubadour in West Hollywood launched a GoFundMe page back in April 2, 2020, asking music fans to save the club after it was shut down as part of California’s Stay at Home Order during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since opening in 1957, the legendary Troubadour club has helped launch some of contemporary music’s most talented performers. Greats such as Elton John, James Taylor and Tom Waits performed there early in their careers, and it continues to be a destination for cutting-edge acts from around the world.
The club’s manager Christine Karayan reached out to local media to get the word out that the Troubadour may not survive being out of business for much longer. Governor Gavin Newsom laid out stages by which business may be able to re-open and music venues will be part of phase four, which means the Troubadour won’t open until the middle to the end of next year with a 25 percent cap on crowd size. Karayan says she can’t foresee being able to ride this out under those conditions.
The GoFundMe page launched by Stephanie Krutolow and 2 others on behalf of Christine Karayan, reads as follows:
By now you know that we have had to shut our doors temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that we have not been able to operate as usual and our wonderful staff has not been able to work. We are a small, independently-owned, venue and have an hourly staff of over 20 people. Our team consists of bartenders, security, sound and lighting engineers and box office personnel. These are the people welcoming you into the venue and bringing you great experiences inside the showroom.
We are reaching out to our community for support and are asking you to please donate if you can. If you are unable to donate at this time, please share our GoFundMe link. Anything helps! 100% of the donations will go towards helping our staff and the venue.
We love sharing our stage and creating memories with you, we look forward to continuing to do so in the future! Until then, please stay safe and healthy.
Your Troubadour Family
$51,780 have been raised of a $50,000 goal as of the publishing of this piece.
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