Local Rock Stars: Giving Back to The Community

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Right now, all it takes to lift up your community at a time when they need it most is love and generosity. Live Nation Special Events is honored to spotlight local businesses and partners who are inspiring us right now. Join us in celebrating these local rock stars who are pivoting production and using their unique talents to help flatten the curve and support their communities.

CH Distillery, Chicago, IL

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You’ve probably never heard of beskbrännvin, a bitter, wormwood-based Swedish schnapps. But you have probably heard of (and been affected by) the national shortage of hand-sanitizer, a critical tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19. That’s why CH Distillery, Chicago’s beloved local beskbrännvin Jeppson’s  Malört, has switched their operations to produce hand sanitizer to provide to health care operations, free of charge. They’re keeping donations local, sending bottles to the clinics and hospitals that need them the most. CH Distillery will continue to make hand sanitizer while there’s a need throughout the pandemic, as long as the company can find the right ingredients. Follow CH Distillery here.

Blueprint Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Event space decorated with elegant white columns, tables, and place settings

Blueprint Studios’ tagline is “no matter who you are, we’ve got you covered.” Never has that been truer as the premier event design, rental, fabrication, creative branding and graphics firm focuses on building temporary spaces for COVID-19 testing and general exams for Dignity Health staff. These are safe, sanitary spaces where health care professionals and other front-liners helping to slow the spread can receive their own care with comfort and confidence. Follow Blueprint Studios here.

Catering by Michaels, Chicago, IL

Catering by Michael’s delivery trucks

During these tough times, the wonderful team at Catering by Michaels is still doing what they’ve always done best, bringing people together through food. They’ve posted this message as they continue to nourish bodies and spirits in their community: “We want to help provide for our family - and our community at large. To this end, we are preparing food to offer to our employees and their families at no cost to help them through this difficult time. The rest will be donated to help those in the communities we serve affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.⁠” Those are rock stars in our book. Follow Catering by Michaels here.

Chaco, Grand Rapids, MI

Factory worker uses equipment to fabricate a medical mask

Chaco’s premium hand-crafted sandals are versatile, durable and performance-ready. The same can be said about the Chaco team in response to COVID-19. They’ve made the truly inspiring decision to pause factory operations to focus on producing masks and other protective equipment for health care providers, essential workforce and front-line responders. They’ve also equipped a mobile unit with sewing machines and tools to help the community in other ways. If you'd like to support the Chaco brand and factory during this time, please consider placing an order through Chacos.com or a custom order through MyChacos.com. Follow Chaco here.

Oh Hello Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Hand holding Oh Hello Co. bag on street in front of store

Even after their non-essential storefront closed, stationery company Oh Hello Co. has found an ingenious way to bring much-needed comfort to front-liners. The small business with a huge heart is crafting “ear-savers,” small clips that relieve the discomfort of wearing medical masks for hours on end. They’ve even made the template available online, so anyone with the proper equipment can make their own. Even at a time when their own business is uncertain, Oh Hello Co. has found the courage to apply their talents to the greater fight against COVID-19. That’s a real rock star. Follow Oh Hello Co. here

Live Nation, Crew Nation

Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar. As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, Crew Nation extends a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living. Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes.

Is there a local rock star in your community who’s sacrificing their time, energy and business for the greater good? Share their story by posting to social media and tagging @livenationspecialevents!