Famed Troubadour Starts Memories Campaign Amid COVID Shutdown

During these difficult and uncharted times, West Hollywood’s famed Troubadour is looking to keep the music alive by having fans, artists, and media recall favorite memories of shows played or seen at the club using the hashtag #TroubMemories. The Troubadour, opened by the late Doug Weston in 1957, established itself as an important springboard for singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, and Jackson Browne, continuing on to become an institution within the music industry, propelling artist’s careers including Elton John, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Guns & Roses, Billy Joel and System of A Down.

It also served as a place for cutting edge artists to debut new music (Radiohead, No Doubt, The Killers), perform surprise shows (Coldplay, Prince, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Billie Eilish...) and record live albums (Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond). Today the Troubadour remains a key stop for artists and continues to be a place to discover new talent.

Still a privately-owned small business, The Troubadour has faced staff cuts, mounting bills and uncertain opening dates with the hardest part being the lack of live music happening within its hallowed walls. GM/owner Christine Karayan had this to say about the struggles to stay afloat at this time. “I worry that we will not be able to come back from this and be able to continue to bring music to people to share and enjoy and feel.”

With a staff that includes the same door staff since 1983, a GoFundMe page has also been set up to help cover insurance and keep the remaining skeleton staff afloat. To donate: gofundme.com/troubadour-employee-relief-fund.