While we've all been struggling with the new normal, the nightlife industry has been hit hard by the economic shutdowns spurred on by the pandemic. That's why rising stars Anthony Ramos and Ari Lennox linked up for a rousing cover of Sly & The Family Stone's classic track "If You Want Me To Stay." Now the twosome has come together while showcasing the venues and people that we're all missing while we shelter in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The short film begins with a voiceover speaking to the necessity of music and culture in our daily lives. Anthony and Ari eventually find their way to each other while enjoying a glass of Crown Royal — who are using the track to raise funds for the Main Street Relief Fund. While the song itself is an imaginative-yet-straightforward cover, the video is a fitting tribute to the many venues that have not only provided us with countless hours of entertainment but also helped launch the careers of many of our favorite entertainers.
If you want to aid in the cause, we suggest watching Anthony Ramos and Ari Lennox in the video below and streaming the song on Spotify, Pandora and other streaming services. You can also head here to find out how you can assist the Main Street Alliance in helping to ensure that small businesses all over keep their doors open and strengthen the communities they're based in.