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Live (indoor) music to return to New Orleans starting Friday

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    Live entertainment will return to New Orleans' bars for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began last year under eased citywide guidelines set to take effect Friday.

    Tipitina’s, the city’s flagship music venue, is unlikely to present shows this weekend, said general manager Brian “Tank” Greenberg. “Like we did with virtual shows, we’ll have a wait-and-see approach,” Greenberg said.

    Opening under the new rules also requires specific guidelines for venues’ heating and air-conditioning systems, purchases of plexiglass and other upgrades that may be difficult for some operators to implement.

    Parades and second lines would still be canceled under the rules, including any to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week, or any that are hosted by masking Indians.

    Live entertainment at bars and other venues will be allowed, provided those businesses adhere to state rules that require more circulation of air flow indoors. Businesses are also required to post signs warning people of the dangers of live music during a pandemic and to forbid patrons from dancing.

    Some of the rules may be a tough sell for venue owners who are just beginning to recoup months of lost revenues. Cantrell said the city is working on a grant program to help bar owners pay for upgrades they'll need to make to hire musicians under the guidelines.

    Tom Thayer, owner of d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street, recently reopened to serve to-go drinks. Musicians have been busking across the street on the sidewalk, but Thayer doesn’t plan to book bands inside his club just yet.

    “I’m in no hurry to throw the doors open like everything’s back to normal,” he said. “I’ll keep things as they’ve been for at least a couple weeks.

    “Right now, I have no staff. It’s just me. I can only do so much. I’m still trying to figure it out.”
    Last edited by jjazznj; 03-11-2021, 01:17 AM.

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    The types of live music permissible at bars and music venues in New Orleans, however, is in line with the rest of Louisiana. Most notably, singing and wind-blown instruments remain prohibited indoors. Karaoke is also still not allowed, and all venues must have either a Special Event Permit or a Certificate of Registration to allow live entertainment.

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    Last edited by jjazznj; 03-11-2021, 01:17 AM.