Live music returns as summer approaches, restrictions loosen
As warmer weather approaches and more people receive COVID-19 vaccines, live music and concerts are starting to return.
EMMY VICTOR: It was a weekend of great weather and music in Albertville, Alabama. The Sand Mountain Amphitheater welcomed guests for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Almost 3,000 people came to see country singer Lee Brice.
PATRICK O’BRIEN: You know, we were operating at 50% of our capacity. It was a spectacle all in the open air. And our seating plan, we had a fixed seating area, and then we had a general admission lawn area.
EMMY VICTOR: The amphitheater – which is brand new – was supposed to open last year. When the pandemic hit, the grand opening was delayed.
PATRICK O’BRIEN: It was great to see, you know, live music in our area. And of course, it was our very first gig, so it was a special night for us.
EMMY VICTOR: In a few weekends, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo., Plans to reopen. 2,500 tickets are sold for their first shows.
BRIAN KITTS: These reduced capacities will be around 25% to 30% initially, and masks will be required.
EMMY VICTOR: The move – which was announced on social media a few days ago – comes as restrictions loosen statewide.
BRIAN KITTS: The pandemic really does convey how important the ability to come together is, whether it’s for a sporting event or a concert. And so being able to come back into a room and hear music again, you know, that’s something we’ll never take for granted again. And, you know, the feedback we got is, you know, nothing but excitement.
EMMY VICTOR: One of the nation’s biggest music festivals takes place right here in Chicago – Lollapalooza. It was canceled last year due to the coronavirus, and so far this year no date has been set. Reporting for AccuWeather, I’m Emmy Victor.