Making Music During The Pandemic

by Hunter McLaughlin

It has been months since the Covid-19 pandemic spread throughout this country. Precautions to slow the virus spread led to cancellations of concerts and other events. 

The pandemic hit the entertainment industry hard.  Many music fans are wondering if they will ever see an end to pandemic precautions and a return of concerts.

According to Rolling Stone magazine live music is starting to return, with some changes.  

Nashville’s Opry House and Ryman Auditorium reopened this fall.  However each venue has its own sets of social distancing rules to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.  The magazine also notes the state of Indiana reopened both indoor and outdoor music venues.

Other artists are looking to 2021 with the hope the pandemic will end and allow the return of traditional concerts.  

Singer Billie Eilish announced her return to the stage will happen in May 2021. Country artists like Luke Combs and Little Big Town are also planning concerts in 2021. 

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne had planned a return to the stage for this fall in the United Kingdom.  Billboard reported Ozzy’s No More Tours 2 trip around the UK has now been pushed to 2022.

Rolling Loud, which bills itself as the world’s largest hip-hop festival, launched online concerts complete with a “virtual mosh pit.”  Moving events online allowed fans to catch live music performances of artists and groups like Polo G, NLE Choppa, Ski Mask the Slump God, Swae Lee and Lil Skies perform.  

Rolling Loud’s three-day festival is now scheduled for February 14 through the 16 in 2021.  The event will happen in Miami, Florida.  

The music industry may have slowed, but you can still find live music if you know where to look; and you can look ahead to the day when the pandemic’s curtain call that will allow music fans to gather once again.

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