The Bluegrass Situation, along with its co-founder, actor/comedian/musician Ed Helms, have been wildly successful—in both raising money and lifting spirits—with their weekly Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, a 21st-century online variety show which benefits MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund and Direct Relief through real-time donations. Entering their fourth week, Whiskey Sour Happy Hour has already raised over $35,000; donations will be accepted through Memorial Day, May 29. Variety praised Whiskey Sour Happy Hour for its inclusion of “Americana music favorites and a shot of comedy,” and the series has been spotlighted by Good Morning America, WNYC’s The Soundcheck, Crooked Media’s Lovett or Leave It, Rolling Stone, Spin, and KTLA—not to mention Grammy.com’s in-depth feature and Conan O’Brien’s witty endorsement, both seen below. This week’s star-studded show will feature the likes of Indigo Girls, Stephen Colbert, Chris Thile, Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith, Rosanne Cash, Molly Tuttle, Langhorne Slim, and much, much more. Having aired every Wednesday for the past three weeks, Whiskey Sour Happy Hour’s final installment airs tonight, May 13th, at 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific, and can be streamed at thebluegrasssituation.com, YouTube, and Facebook.
Whiskey Sour Happy Hour is presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association, TX Whiskey, and Allbirds, all of whom provided endless support in getting this party started. In addition to supporting Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, Ft. Worth’s craft whiskey brand TX Whiskey has already stepped up their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting 100% of their production to making hundreds of gallons of hand sanitizer. On top of that, TX Whiskey continues to support local musicians by giving them an online stage and revenue generator through their Straight From the Couch Sessions—streaming every Friday night in April on IGTV. Whiskey Sour Happy Hour sponsor Allbirds have been working hard to lift up the healthcare community responding to COVID-19, having already donated $500,000 dollars worth of shoes to healthcare workers nationwide. While supplies last, customers are able to bundle any shoe purchase with a donation to immediately supply a pair of Wool Runners to a healthcare professional who’s already reached out to Allbirds for support. Don’t need a new pair yourself, but still want to help? That’s an option, too.