Local concert venues have different approaches to shows

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 23:32:42-04

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Coastal Bend, many businesses are temporarily shutting down. Which means activities are also being canceled again.

Concrete Street Amphitheater announced via Facebook on Thursday afternoon that it would be canceling its big Saturday night country-music concert featuring Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen.

"With how things have turned this last week, just felt like this wasn't quite the right time," said Operating Partner Mark Schaberg.

Schaberg said Concrete Street worked with Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni, Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales, the city/county public health department and the artists to figure out how to responsibly handle Saturday night's show.

"And just really when we came together, we talked about everybody's best interest in mind and decided that that it was probably in everybody's best interest to postpone this thing for a few months and just see how this all plays out," Schaberg said.

With Concrete Street's concert canceled, people who are still yearning for live music can head down the road, where Brewster Street Icehouse will be holding its live-music event.

Schaberg said that location has been approaching live shows in a specific way for the last couple weeks, being careful to abide by CDC social distancing rules.

"We're about four weeks into this concept where we're doing the seated shows," he said. "As you can see everything is socially distanced."

Tables are spaced 6-feet apart, with signs on them explaining the current procedures. Brewster Street Icehouse also is not selling individual tickets; they must be bought as table with seating for 4 or 6 people.

"We kinda say, 'Hands in the air, bottoms in the chair,' and uh, everybody just comes," Schaberg said. "(It's a) safe, but fun, environment."

When asked about future concerts happening at either venue, Schaberg said their management group is currently taking everything week-by-week.