Events | May 5, 2020

Indie Bookstores, Authors & Musicians Band Together for Two-Day Fundraiser Concert

Courtesy of Driftless Books

Viroqua, WI — Driftless Books and Music today announced the launch of Bookstock 2020, a new cooperative book and music festival that gives back in real time. With the tagline: “Peace, Indie Bookstores and Music,” Bookstock 2020 is a two-day virtual event with the mission of bringing together poets, authors, bookstores and performing artists in a unique collaboration to connect with their fanbase and also raise needed funds through donations.

In the landslide of creative alternatives to an old reality, this is another way for book and music lovers to support local independent bookstores and musicians.. “Unite music and books into an artistic and cultural revolution for local and slow,” organizer Eddy Nix says, seeing the Bookstock 2020 concept this as a “limitless virtual space that can foster long-term relationships between communities whose needs are more than just steady work, but in truth, dollars keeps the lights on.”

A long-time proponent of cooperative missions, Eddy Nix of Driftless Books and Music is no stranger to both the power of live music and the magic of a bookstore. His 100 year old tobacco warehouse-turned-book mecca is a beacon in the Midwestern folk scene, known for combining the two, and giving back to the players that make it successful.

He and Midwest singer-songwriter David Huckfelt of the band, The Pines, felt helpless seeing all the closed shops and house bound musicians on the internet. Quickly they birthed an idea for bringing print and music culture together, and with the close-knit book and music community, a grassroots coalition was formed: the cooperative Bookstock 2020 idea sprouted wings.

Bookstock 2020 will stream live online May 15-17. For more information on participating performers, bookstores, authors, or to participate or sponsor, visit www.books.coop and our page on Facebook, or write the good folks at [email protected]

-Submitted by Little Sages Books.