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Hawthorne Heights’ Stay Home concert

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Submitted Photo The band Hawthorne Heights' Stay Home concert will benefit its favorite venues, including Roswell's The Liberty Club.

The Liberty club only venue in New Mexico to benefit from virtual concert

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

The popular rock band Hawthorne Heights has decided on a unique concept of a virtual tour that not only benefits its band members but their favorite venues throughout the U.S. As a means to make the concert inclusive to everybody, they have planned three virtual concerts in the major time zones, Eastern Standard Time, Central/Mountain Time and Pacific Standard Time.

Of all the event venues in New Mexico, The Liberty club was chosen to benefit from the concert. Hawthorne Heights has performed several times over the years at the club.

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Josh Ragsdale, owner of The Liberty club, said in a phone interview that he and his team are feeling honored that the band chose them. “The band gives some of the funds to The Liberty and they are keeping some funds,” he said. “What it does, it will help some of our staff who were furloughed. Our staff that aren’t getting the hours that they normally would get. It’s a really cool idea, there is a potential that 500 to 1,000 people log on to watch this show per state. There is no limit. The band wants as many people as possible because that generates more revenue.

“Not everybody is comfortable with going out at this time, so this is a unique opportunity for those that might just want to stream it at home and enjoy it. For many, Hawthorne Heights is their favorite band,” Ragsdale said.

Ragsdale said that his club is not suffering as much as other venues because they are also serving food and, according to recent regulations by the governor, he can have a limited number of guests inside and outside on his patio. “Places that are venues, that have not the ability to sell food, they were the first to close and the last to open,” Ragsdale said.

Ragsdale is part of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and he supports its goal to have Congress commit to release funds to help save the venues, he said. “NIVA is an association that started out of the COVID, basically for most venues and theaters and any operation with the stage being shut down. We are a member. Any stage across America can become a member of it. Some of these big nightclubs, like (in) New York, they were the first to close and will be the last to open. … Our industry has been hit pretty hard and I have a lot of friends in the business. For them to get some funds to survive, that’s what this is all about. It is not just the venue itself, it’s also the promoters, the buyers, the agents, the stagehands and anybody who works there. It’s a trickle-down effect. For New Mexico, the members that are involved are The Liberty, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe and the Sunshine Theatre,” Ragsdale said.

In a press release by the band, it said, “We miss the stage as much as you miss the power of live music. The way it connects our hearts cannot be stopped. We miss our favorite cities, venues and fans. Stay Home is a celebration of all those things. We know it’s weird, we know it’s different, but check this out — grab your favorite drink, put on your favorite band shirt and watch an EMO rock show from wherever you want. Join us as we play games, tell stories, and of course, perform our songs. Thank you in advance for keeping our band afloat, and helping us raise money for some of our favorite venues and promoters.”

The concert benefiting The Liberty in New Mexico will be on Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. CST, which is 7 p.m. MT.

In addition to the ticket, the band grants access to watch on-demand for up to five days following the event. All purchasers are also allowed to buy a ticket for any of the other shows: Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. EST and Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. PST, respectively. For those who have already purchased a ticket for the Stay Home tour, they will be receiving an email with a designated code to stream.

For more information, visit hawthorneheights.com or its Facebook event page.