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Jeff Miers: Live music’s survival depends on you

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21.09.2021

Billy Joel performed at Highmark Stadium on Aug. 14 before a massive crowd, with no proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required for admittance. But policies for concerts are changing.

If you want live music to continue, you’re going to have to assume some responsibility to ensure it’s able to do so.

Going about your business as if nothing has changed, while the Covid-19 Delta variant spreads, is not going to cut it. Nor is failing to do your part while rising numbers threaten reinstated restrictions, and then pivoting to “blaming the messenger” – as if state and federal regulations, and not the spread of the virus, are to blame for wreaking havoc on our ability to gather in large groups safely.

Much talk is routinely bandied about concerning the need to support long-struggling live music venues, beleaguered professional musicians of both the local and national variety, and the entire economy that is based on live music, from stagehands to bartenders. To become more than simple lip service, this talk needs to be mirrored by consistent action.

What does that mean for all of us?

It means cooperating with protocols. If you want to attend concerts and you have no health issues preventing you from doing so, you........

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