SPACE’s Summer Stage Series is reprising the outdoor concert series for 2020’s new normality.
Of the many heartbreaking things to witness over the course of the pandemic, was watching beloved concert venues fold due to in-operation. Some organizations, however, are actively working on safely bringing the music back to the people. Beginning tomorrow night, Evanston’s SPACE, is hosting a series of intimate outdoor concerts on their backdoor.
Little by little, in-person concerts are working their way back to the public. First, it was Navy Pier hosting a number of outdoor concerts for its annual Summer Programming, later SPACE began their To-Go Concert Series. Earlier this week, Lakeside Drive-In announced its series of outdoor drive-in concerts at the Adler Planetarium. And on August 1, SPACE in Evanston will launch its Summer Series with performances from Dave Specter and Lynne Jordan.
“Like all concert venues we were among the first businesses to close during the pandemic and will likely be the last to reopen. We don’t know when we’ll be able to welcome music fans back into the venue but for now we’ve found a great solution: SPACE SUMMER STAGE,” the organization wrote on their website.
“We’ve carefully crafted an intimate outdoor concert venue that will allow us to present music safely for 50 guests under a big-top tent with a stage and our signature cabaret table seating. Help us keep things safe for everyone, and we’ll do our best to bring you the full Space experience you know and love.”
Each show is capable of having 50 attendants who will be seated at the 16 pre-assigned tables for capacities of 2 – 6 people. Among the safety measures the venue is implementing are mandatory mask-wearing by attendants, temperature checks, and souvenir hand sanitizer at each table.
Attendants are permitted to bring their own food and are encouraged to order from surrounding restaurants: Blind Faith Cafe, Sea Ranch, Union Pizza, Dozika, Bagel Art, Siam Pasta, Shinsen, and Frio Gelato.
Drinks will be available and can be purchased when ordering tickets or on the evening of the show by scanning the QR code. A 20% gratuity charge will be added to the drink bill to support the long out-of-work wait staff.
Tickets must be online. To order, or check the lineup, visit here.
[Featured image: @evanstonspace]