If you’re like me, you’ve missed seeing and hearing all the live shows at the Palladium and other arts and entertainment venues in our creative city. But like me, I think you’ve been willing to give up the joys of live music in an effort to avoid exposure to Covid 19.
We think the time is right to bring back live shows on a very limited basis starting with the first three Saturdays in October. We believe our audiences can enjoy live music and have a safe experience at the theater. We’re producing 181-seat Side Door shows in our 831-seat Hough Hall. Seating will be reserved and you and your group will be able to sit a safe distance from other patrons. Shows will be 90-minutes with no intermission, that avoids lines at the bathroom and the concession windows. And everyone will wear a mask when they enter and move about the building. All shows are $20 per ticket and start at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 – Blues guitarist Jose Ramirez, who placed second in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last year make his debut at the Palladium. He’s releasing a new CD produced by blues great Anson Funderburgh. Anson will JOIN Jose for this show, along with some other special guests.
Saturday, Oct. 10 – Stand-up comedy with Ward Smith and Friends. This popular series brings back three Side Door favorites, Helen Keaney, Lou Angelwolf and Tim The Dairy Farmer, along with funny man and host, Ward Smith. These comics have got a LOT of material they’ve been anxious to share with a live audience.
Saturday, Oct. 17 – Bossa Nova Guitars, with Nate Najar and Phill Fest. This annual show is always sold out, so get your tickets early. Nate and Phil trade bossa nova licks on acoustic guitars, joined by a great rhythm section.
More shows will be added and we will be posting our safety guidelines in a subsequent blog and online.
Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and information visit our website.
I look forward to welcoming you back to the theater for a series of exciting – and safe – shows!