First ‘Socially-Distanced’ Concert to Take Place in Arkansas Next Week

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It looks like Missouri isn’t the only state ready to reopen its concert business.

Neighboring Arkansas will join the Show-Me State in allowing live music to resume. On Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that live music venues could reopen on May 18.

Travis McCready, the singer of the country-rock band Bishop Gunn, will be performing what’s billed as an “intimate acoustic set” in Fort Smith at the city’s TempleLive venue — but with social distancing measures in place. The show will take place on May 15, three days before the scheduled reopening.

According to Billboard, assigned seats for the show will be at least six feet apart per grouping in what Ticketmaster is calling “fan pods.” As fans enter the venue, they’ll be required to wear face masks (including the venue’s employees), have their temperatures taken at the door  and capacity for the 1,100 person venue will be capped at 229.


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