The Palladium will reopen for small in-person shows in October

Live music is coming back to the Sunshine City. For months, museums and performing arts venues closed their doors as they looked for safe ways to reopen in the future. Residents in the ‘Burg have vigilantly adhered to mask mandates and social distancing guidelines to help flatten the curve, and allow businesses to remain at least partially open through these uncertain times.

Institutions like The Dali, The James Museum, and now The MFA have reopened with new guidelines for visitors. This October, The Palladium will reopen its doors.

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“We think the time is right to bring back live shows on a very limited basis starting with the first three Saturdays in October,” wrote Paul Wilborn in a blog post on the Palladium’s website. “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 long with no intermission to avoid lines at the bathroom and the concession windows. Everyone will wear a mask when they enter and move about the building. All shows are $20 per ticket and start at 8pm.

The first show will take place on October 3 with Blues guitarist Jose Ramirez. The following Saturday, October 10, Ward Smith will host a night of stand up comedy with fellow comedians Helen Keaney, Lou Angelwolf and Tim The Dairy Farmer.

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You can see a full list of shows on The Palladium’s website.

The Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Avenue North

Paul Wilborn is also the author of the novel Cigar City, which won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for fiction. Wilborn will discuss the book, and play some music during a virtual event with Tombolo Books on September 24.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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