Today, we hear from Jason Oschwald, Nashville-based concert promoter with Big Spring Entertainment. They own and operate Druid City Music Hall in Tuscaloosa, which is under major renovation and hoping to reopen Sept. 1, 2020.
In May, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that restrictions would be lifted on many entertainment venues, although they must follow health guidelines. As it has for so many industries, the pandemic has cast much doubt on the concert business, and the prospect of many concerts even taking place during 2020.
I spoke to Oschwald about the future of concert venues like his, what a new normal might look like for his industry and what the culture is missing without live music during the pandemic.
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