Author: Eric Renner Brown

Le Poisson Rouge’s David Handler Talks LPR.tv

Le Poisson Rouge’s David Handler discusses the club’s return to action in October with LPR.tv, a streaming series serving up gigs from the LPR stage.

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Carolinas and Georgia: Ready for Action

HOT IN ATL: State Farm Arena welcomed  the Eagles, Elton John and Ariana Grande. (Courtesy State Farm Arena) Tri-state area’s venues ready to get back to the success they were seeing before shutdown Like much of the country, the novel coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of most venues across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. But venues are slowly coming back online. Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Atlanta Falcons hosted the Seattle Seahawks for a game on Sept. 13, albeit without fans. A stone’s throw away, State Farm Arena and the Atlanta Hawks responded to the George Floyd protests in late May and early June by arranging for the venue to become a polling place — the state’s largest — for elections in August and November. Meanwhile, clubs such as North Carolina’s Cat’s Cradle and The Orange Peel have maintained their cultural presence by hosting audience-less livestreams throughout the crisis. Top […]

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No Show? No Game? That’s Not Stopping These Venues

GREENING UP: The Greens is a distanced dining experience at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City. (Getty Images) Concerts and games might’ve dried up in 2020, but for some venues, concessions kept on ticking. In New York City, Manhattan’s The Rooftop at Pier 17, the outdoor club that was named VenuesNow’s All-Star Club for 2019, was prepared for a third successful season before the pandemic arrived in March. While the venue wasn’t able to welcome artists including Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Greensky Bluegrass and Deftones this summer — all have already been rescheduled for 2021 — it still found a way for patrons to enjoy its view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. “With the concert industry put on pause leading up to the summer season, a big goal of ours was to be able to provide a seasonal amenity for our community,” […]

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Canada First?

ROGERS THAT: Rogers Place in Edmonton has had a big year, even after the shutdown. (Courtesy Oilers Entertainment Group) Country ahead of the U.S. on path back to live events The coronavirus pandemic continues to roil the United States, but its northern neighbor has fared better: As of Aug. 17, Canada had reported only 122,000 cases, compared with the United States’ total of well over 5.4 million. TOP STOPS: CANADA Canada’s border remains closed to Americans until at least Sept. 21, but with death totals in the single digits nearly every day in late July and early August, Canada has begun its reopening. In August, movie theaters even began welcoming customers once again — at half capacity — giving North American box offices their first good news in months. Like the United States, Canada has a long road ahead before crowds fill stands at stadiums, arenas, theaters and clubs once again. […]

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