Although Rosa's Lounge is closed, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our local musicians and staff who depend on us for their livelihoods. From March 17 to March 21, we live streamed performances, temporarily maintaining the livelihoods of the artists scheduled to perform. However, the stay-at-home order will prevent us from continuing with the live streams, because the musicians must stay home and night clubs must cease all operations.
Our employees - bar staff and door person - are now out of work. This is a tremendous financial hardship, which they are accepting with stoicism and selflessness to prevent our public health system from being overwhelmed and many friends, neighbors, loved ones, as well as complete strangers, dying needlessly.
Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to replace the wages of our bar staff and doorman. None of the funds will be used for any other purpose but to pay our own wages. The funds will be distributed in proportion to the wages our employees normally earn when Rosa's Lounge is open. I will apply for emergency loans to help Rosa's Lounge and my own family survive this crisis and will repay the loans from revenue after we reopen. Rosa's Lounge has been keeping the blues alive since 1984, and we will overcome this crisis.
We appreciate from the bottom of our hearts your support for our bar staff and doorman during the coronavirus pandemic. Best wishes to all of you and your loved ones, and stay safe.